Richard Staropoli, the Homeland Security Department’s chief information officer, resigned suddenly Aug. 3.
Sources say Stephen Rice, the principal deputy CIO at DHS, announced the decision at the agency’s CIO Council meeting.
President Donald Trump appointed Staropoli to be DHS CIO on May 1. He spent 25 years as a special agent for the Secret Service, where he served within the Presidential Protective Division, the Counter-Assault Team, the Hostage Rescue Unit and the Intelligence Community. He came to DHS from Fortress Investment Group, an international hedge fund, where he served as chief information security officer/managing director for global security and counter-party risk.
A DHS spokeswoman confirmed on Aug. 7 Starpolio would be leaving Sept. 1.
Sources say Rice told DHS IT executives that Staropoli’s reason was the commute from New Jersey was weighing too much on his family.