FAA expects to find CIO soon using headhunter

rumor we’re having trouble filling the CIO position is baloney,” recruiter Chris
Daniel said.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which has had success using recruitment help to
fill vacant management posts, has hired an executive recruiting company to help it find a
new chief information officer.

The use of a private recruiter does not mean the agency is having trouble hiring a CIO,
an FAA recruiter said.

“It’s not unique for us to use executive recruiting firms,” FAA
recruiter Chris Daniel said. The CIO position is a newly created position, and FAA posted
the open vacancy on Aug. 12.

“The rumor we’re having trouble filling the CIO position is baloney,”
Daniel said. “We’ve had a very large number of candidates and the search is
going really well.”

FAA in August hired XL Associates Inc. of Rockville, Md., to help the agency review its
recruiting techniques and assist in the selection of the CIO, Daniel said.

FAA used outside recruiters recently in hiring a deputy assistant administrator for air
traffic services and an assistant administrator for regulation and certification, Daniel

FAA has received more than 50 resumes for the CIO position. An executive review
committee and XL recently began conducting interviews, an FAA official said.

The executive review committee, which consists of individuals from organizations
throughout FAA, wants to name a CIO by the end of the year, Daniel said.

Congressional leaders have criticized the Transportation Department agency for dragging
its feet in hiring a CIO.

In recent hearings, lawmakers have said a CIO would bring stability to FAA’s
information technology management as the agency rushes to make its systems ready for 2000.


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