GSA names new CIO to take over as FirstGov portal is set to take off

GSA names new CIO to take over as FirstGov portal is set to take off

Michael W. Carleton next month will take over as chief information officer of the General Services Administration, replacing Bill Piatt.

Piatt earlier this month announced his plans to leave the government [GCN, Sept. 11, Page 3]. Carleton, acting CIO of GSA's Public Buildings Service since June, will begin his new job Oct. 20. Previously, he was deputy director of the Health and Human Services Department's Information Resources Management Office.

As CIO, he will oversee GSA systems and set policies for improving customer service and agency operations.

Carleton said he is excited to be involved in implementing GSA's electronic-government strategies and its 'commercial-like business practices.' One of the premier e-government projects is FirstGov, a governmentwide portal the administration plans to launch next month.

'Lots of exciting challenges are on the horizon,' Carleton said of his new role.

'Evolving the portal at Internet speed, collaborating with the services on IT capital investments and achieving a world-class information infrastructure for service delivery are at the top of my agenda,' he said.

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