Justice's new tech chief eyes IT investment

Justice's new tech chief eyes IT investment

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

Jim Gallagher took over as chief of the Justice Department's systems technology staff last month.

He had been acting director for nine months. Now that the job is officially his, Gallagher said, he will focus on the department's return on investments in information technology. He said he will also emphasize making progress on systems infrastructure and modernization.

But one of his first goals is to fill two assistant director positions and to hire a deputy director, Gallagher said.

In tandem with the recruitment work, he said, he must continue to oversee the rollout of Microsoft Windows NT on desktop PCs. Another priority is improving network management and central services such as providing secure remote network access to field workers.

Gallagher said his long experience at Justice in multiple management and procurement positions gives him the background to succeed in his new job.

Linda Burek, deputy chief information officer in the Justice Management Division, said she selected Gallagher to succeed her as head of the systems technology staff because of his management record. Burek took over as deputy assistant attorney general for IRM after the departure last March of Mark Boster.

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