Lowery named acting FBI CIO

Lowery named acting FBI CIO

The FBI today announced the appointment of executive assistant director W. Wilson Lowery to the job of acting CIO while the bureau conducts a nationwide search to replace CIO Darwin A. John, who is retiring.

John is set to retire on Friday, the bureau said. He will provide consulting services to the bureau one week a month, according to his assistant, Linda Klien. John was not available for comment.

FBI director Robert S. Mueller III said that Lowery, 'having already played a major role in our successful efforts to date, gives us the ability to transition smoothly as we carefully pursue a permanent CIO.' Lowery will report to Mueller.

John took over the job of FBI CIO last July [see story at www.gcn.com/21_19/storage/19300-1.html]. He formerly was director of information and communication systems worldwide for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

During John's tenure, the bureau progressed in the creation of its Trilogy network of Web systems for FBI special agents. The network switched on in March [see story at www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/sandl/21027-1.html], and it now connects about 700 sites where agents work, using about 22,000 PCs.

The bureau also worked to activate an information sharing data mart during John's tenure in office, under Lowery's leadership.

The FBI continued to have a complex relationship with the CIA and the Homeland Security Department, however, and took a secondary place in the merging of homeland security intelligence information [see story at www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/daily-updates/21262-1.html].

revised 5/14, 2:30 pm

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