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White House cybersecurity adviser Howard Schmidt is resigning, leaving the administration with no IT security chief at a time when the public and private sectors are struggling to make cyberspace a safer place.

The White House has announced no plans to replace either Schmidt or his predecessor, Richard Clarke, who resigned in February.

Schmidt's e-mail resignation said he has 'decided to retire after 31 years of public service to return to the private sector.' He did not specify where.

Schmidt came to the administration in late 2001 from Microsoft Corp., where he had been chief security officer. He was vice chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board under Clarke. The two helped create the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, released in February.

The board was dissolved with the creation of the Homeland Security Department, which will assume many of its responsibilities.

Before joining Microsoft, Schmidt was a supervisory agent and director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he established the federal government's first dedicated computer forensics laboratory.

He also was a computer forensics specialist at the FBI's National Drug Intelligence Center and worked for the Chandler, Ariz., Police Department.

Robert Liscouski, a former CIA official and former director of information assurance at Coca-Cola Co., has been named assistant secretary of Homeland Security for infrastructure protection, making him the government's top IT security official.

William McVay, deputy branch chief in the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Policy, is leaving government to take a position with DigitalNet Inc. of Herndon, Va., as of May 30.

McVay, who has been with OMB since 1999, is the team leader for agency implementation of enterprise architecture, capital planning and business case justification, IT performance management, implementation of the Clinger-Cohen Act and IT budget requests.

Before coming to OMB, he worked for the General Services Administration for six years in the Office of the CIO, worked in the private sector and served in the Army.

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