It was a busy week of people news in the federal technology community. Over the last two weeks, three agency chief information officers have left or have been moved out of their positions and two cybersecurity executives decided to leave federal service.
Let’s add one more to the growing list.
Roopangi Kadakia, the Veterans Affairs Department’s chief cloud strategist, is leaving for the private sector.
Sources say Kadakia is joining a non-federal related industry.
Prior to coming to EPA, Kelley was a deputy CIO for benefits and veteran experience at the Veterans Affairs Department. He also served in several other roles at VA, including National Capital Region CIO, chief of staff for the Office of Information and Technology and as a health IT business analyst.
Kelley spent 20 years in the Navy as a medical services corps officer and then worked at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
The news isn’t all bad when it comes to executives moving around the federal community.
The Homeland Security Department announced Rick Driggers would take over for Danny Toler as the deputy assistant secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications in the National Protection and Programs Directorate.
A DHS official confirmed Driggers is currently the principal deputy director of the National Cybersecurity Communications and Integration Center (NCCIC). Driggers has been with the NCCIC since September 2016 and has worked at DHS since 2003, beyond a two-year stint with the National Security Council starting in 2013.
Driggers will gradually assume the responsibilities of his new position over the next few weeks.
Toler announced he will retire after almost 38 years of federal service earlier this week.
“I am extremely grateful to Danny Toler, as he has done a great job keeping the ship afloat as the acting assistant secretary,” said Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, in an email. “His contributions to the organization over the past five years will endure. I believe the department is in a better place as a result of his work, and I will personally miss his wise counsel.”