FBI names new CIO

FBI names new CIO

FBI director Robert S. Mueller III has named Darwin A. John as the bureau's new CIO. John follows Robert Dies, the agency's former CIO who retired earlier this year, and information resources manager Mark Tanner, who served as acting CIO.

John has been managing director of information and communication systems worldwide for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City since 1990. In that job, he led construction of a genealogy Web site that went live in 1999 which has averaged nearly 8 million hits daily against the 900 million names in the system, the FBI said.

John will report directly to Mueller.

The FBI is revamping its systems amid criticism by the Justice Department inspector general, lawmakers and others for failing to replace its antiquated computers. The bureau has fielded thousands of new PCs to agents and is building a new case management system called Trilogy that will help agents coordinate their data [see www.gcn.com/21_2/news/17822-1.html]. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts will conduct hearings on the bureau's IT problems.

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