Customs CIO Hall to retire

Customs CIO Hall to retire

S.W. 'Woody' Hall Jr., who has led IT modernization efforts at Customs and Border Protection in five years as assistant commissioner of IT and CIO, will retire on Nov. 1.

His retirement will mark the end of a 33-year government career, which started with 23 years as a civilian with the Air Force and included four years as CIO at the Energy Department.

Charles R. Armstrong, who has been heading Custom's Automated Commercial Environment office, has been named acting assistant commissioner and CIO, according to a Customs release.

Hall took the IT reins at the agency 1998 when it was still the Customs Service, long before it was moved into the Homeland Security Department and renamed Customs and Border Protection. One of the first jobs he tackled was developing the plan for replacing the agency's Automated Commercial System with ACE.

He also has pushed for Customs to develop an enterprise architecture, with good results. Last year, Customs became the first government agency to get a State 5 rating for its enterprise architecture from the General Accounting Office.

Hall's time with the Air Force included serving as the service's director of architectures, technology and interoperability. He became Energy CIO in 1994 and held that post before moving to Customs.

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Kevin McCaney is a former editor of Defense Systems and GCN.

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