Bush taps Cooper for homeland CIO

President Bush plans to appoint Steven I. Cooper, now CIO of the Homeland Security Office, to be the CIO of the Homeland Security Department, the White House has announced.

Bush also sent his nominations of Tom Ridge, director of the Homeland Security Office, to be Secretary of Homeland Security and Navy Secretary Gordon England to be deputy secretary of the new department. Both must be confirmed by the Senate; their nominations had been announced earlier. The CIO position does not require Senate confirmation.

Before joining the White House's Homeland Security Office, Cooper had been CIO of Corning Inc. of Corning, N.Y. and director of corporate information systems at Eli Lilly and Co. of Indianapolis.

Since his appointment as CIO of the Homeland Security Office, Cooper has led teams that have been crafting the information architecture of the Homeland Security Department. The early goals of the homeland security IT officials include consolidating overlapping systems in the 22 agencies that will form the department, creating an e-mail system to link all the department's employees and launching a portal for the new department.

'One of the areas that is going to show up on Day 1 is the intelligence analysis and infrastructure protection capability,' Cooper said recently.

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