DOD deputy CIO Brubaker announces departure

DOD deputy CIO Brubaker announces departure

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff

FEB. 28'Paul Brubaker, deputy chief information officer for the Defense Department, will leave his post in two weeks to head up global e-government services for Commerce One Inc.

'It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing my departure as deputy chief information officer,' Brubaker said in a prepared statement. 'I want you all to know that it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to serve with all of you dedicated people.'

Brubaker, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, worked on Capitol Hill from 1991 to 1996 for then-Sen. William S. Cohen as a staff member, minority staff director and deputy staff director on the Senate Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management. Cohen was Defense secretary under President Clinton.

Brubaker worked with members of the House of Representatives on several government reform initiatives, including the Federal Acquisition Reform Act and the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996.

As one of the authors of ITMRA, Brubaker 'always kept the services and agencies focused on the key objectives,' said John Gilligan, deputy CIO for the Air Force and former Energy Department CIO.

'Paul Brubaker has been instrumental in expanding the influence of the CIO organization within the Department of Defense. We will miss his keen intellect and leadership ' ' Gilligan said.

Brubaker's announcement was something of a surprise, because observers had expected him to stay on under the Bush administration. His replacement has not been named.

Assistant Secretary of Defense and CIO Art Money credited Brubaker with being his right hand in helping to implement several IT initiatives within the department.

'I appreciate Paul's service and contributions to the DOD,' Money said. 'He has been a valuable asset to C3I. He laid the foundation for building a Global Information Grid and he has been a strong proponent of electronic business/electronic commerce and business process change throughout the DOD. I wish him the very best.'

Brubaker will start his new job March 19 with Commerce One, a company based in Pleasanton, Calif., specializing in e-commerce.

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