NSA names former FTC systems chief as new CIO

NSA names former FTC systems chief as new CIO

By Dawn S. Onley

GCN Staff


JULY 17—As the National Security Agency prepares to name the winner of a contract to outsource much of its systems infrastructure, it this week announced the hiring of Richard G. Turner as the agency's new chief information officer.

Turner left his job as CIO of the Federal Trade Commission to take the NSA post. He has over 29 years of experience in information technology, including stints with NASA and the Army.

Today, NSA also announced the hiring of Michael G. Lawrence as chief of its Legislative Affairs Office. Lawrence has 20 years of legislative, intergovernmental and public affairs experience at all levels of government. Both Turner and Lawrence officially started with NSA yesterday.

Since late January, when Raymond Holter retired as CIO, NSA had been looking for a replacement. The plan all along was to have a CIO on board before the award of the Project Groundbreaker outsourcing contract, industry sources said. Under the contract, NSA will outsource its PC operations, general-purpose processing, e-mail, technical support, telecommunications, and enterprise and security management.

In a statement, Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, NSA's director, said he filled the two key positions on his senior leadership team after an extensive selection process inside and outside of NSA.

"NSA has much to gain by hiring from the outside for skills that are not directly related to our missions of signals intelligence and information assurance," Hayden said. "We need to leverage the skills available from other sources that will encourage us to focus on being world class in those skills that directly define who we are."

Keith Golden, the Federal Trade Commission's associate CIO, has taken over as acting CIO at the commission.

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