Navy CIO office cutting staff by half

The Navy's Office of the CIO will cut the number of staff employees in half. For the past six weeks, a team of senior Navy officers has studied the entire CIO function to 'free up resources,' said Ron Turner, the deputy CIO.

Turner said the team concluded that half of the 50 positions in the CIO office could be eliminated by April for an annual savings of $10 million.

'We want to go back to the old way when we first stood up the CIO office,' Turner said. 'We wound up bringing in a lot of functions that should not have been secretariat-level functions.' The CIO office is part of Navy secretary Gordon England's staff, and England initiated the study to tighten jobs.

Of the 25 CIO office positions, three are military and the others civilian, Turner said. Several of the employees will go to work on the Navy's IT budget. The rest will likely be placed in other divisions depending on their job specialties, he said.

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