Veterans Administration's acting CIO to retire

Veterans Administration's <br>acting CIO to retire

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

MAY 2 'Harold F. Gracey Jr. announced the end of a 30-year government career yesterday.

The Veterans Affairs Department's acting chief information officer said he will retire June 1 to take a position with a small company in the private sector.

"It just sort of fell out of the sky," said Gracey, who began his government career in the Army. "It seems too good to pass up."

Gracey transferred to the former Veterans Administration in 1983, moving from Health and Human Services. As chief of staff, Gracey grappled with a number of difficult issues including the Agent Orange fallout, a sexual harassment controversy and a government shutdown, which he called "super fun."

He has spent the last two years of his federal career as acting CIO at the VA.

"Every day it has been something new," Gracey said, reflecting on his time at the agency. "But the time is right."

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