Homeland's ICE gains CIO, seeks name change

Gary Hartwig, a career Customs Service official, has become interim CIO of the Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm.

Officials at the homeland agency also are working to change its name to Investigations and Criminal Enforcement.

Hartwig started as ICE's first CIO Oct. 24, an agency spokesman said.

From March 1 until his recent appointment, he was director of ICE's executive information division. Previously, he had been the Customs Service's director of administration, planning and policy in the Office of Investigations.

From 1997 to 2000, Hartwig was a supervisory special agent and program manager for Customs' Office of Investigation, Smuggling Division. Hartwig worked as a Customs special agent in Chicago from 1988 to 1997. He started his Customs career as an inspector at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Officials said the change in the agency's name to Investigations and Criminal Enforcement arose because most ICE employees have criminal investigation functions. They include employees of the Federal Protective Service, the government's air marshals, the homeland department's immigration detention and removal activities, the Air and Marine Operations division that inherited Customs' air and sea enforcement mission, and operations to stem child pornography and financial crimes.

ICE executives are seeking final approval of the name change now, officials said.


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