CIO shuffle continues at SBA, DHS, OPM

SBA, OPM have new CIOs as the carousel in government IT spins once again.

The Small Business Administration has a new CIO. Renee Macklin is taking over from Chase Garwood.

Macklin joins SBA from the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. Garwood had been acting CIO since March and deputy CIO at SBA since August 2012.

Garwood is heading back to DHS, where he spent the first 11 years of his post-Army career, to work in the Science and Technology Directorate’s resiliency office. Garwood previously served as the chief technology officer of DHS’ U.S. Visit program and CIO of the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).

In an email to staff obtained by Federal News Radio, Garwood said he hopes to provide DHS with some good practical and operational experience, and help the continued movement of research and development, and applied technology into the hands of DHS operational missions.

“SBA has an important mission, but supporting homeland security and first responders is just too much in my DNA and what gets me excited to go to work and serve,” he wrote.

Macklin spent the last 12 years at ITA after serving as a programmer for the CIA and working for large telecommunications firms.

The shuffle of Garwood and Macklin, as well as the Office of Personnel Management’s announcement that Donna Seymour, former deputy chief human capital officer for the Defense Department, is the new CIO, is likely the first of several CIO changes coming in the new year so be on the lookout for others to move around.

This story is a part of Jason Miller’s Inside the Reporter’s Notebook feature. Read more from this week’s edition.

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