Energy CIO John Gilligan will rejoin Air Force

Energy CIO John Gilligan will rejoin Air Force

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

The Energy Department has lost its chief information officer.

Effective next week, John M. Gilligan will become the Air Force's first principal deputy assistant secretary for business and information management, an Army spokesman said last week.

Energy CIO John Gilligan is going back to work on information management at the Air Force.

In civilian terms, Gilligan's new position would be equivalent to a three-star general's rank, Lt. Col. Art Haubold said.

Gilligan will report to Lawrence J. Delaney, the Air Force's assistant secretary for acquisition. Delaney, who is responsible for the service's R&D and acquisition, also doubles as CIO, officials said.

Before joining the Energy Department, Gilligan was with the Air Force. He worked at the Pentagon for the service's acquisition executive.

Other jobs that Gilligan held during his 17-year stint with the Air Force include program executive officer for battle management and deputy chief of staff for command, control, communications and computers.

Time of crisis

Gilligan joined Energy in 1998, just before the department fell under renewed scrutiny of its systems security, particularly the systems that house data concerning the nation's nuclear secrets.

After nuclear physicist Wen Ho Lee's indictment on 59 felony counts were filed in connection with security violations and a scathing report from the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, Gilligan helped formulate plans to strengthen cybersecurity within the department [GCN, Feb. 21, Page 1].

Gilligan is a member of the CIO Council and is chairman of its security committee.

He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Joint Chiefs of Staff Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Air Force's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, the Senior Executive Bonus Award and the SES Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award.

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