Iraq authority plans to boost its IT staff

The CIO office of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq is set to increase its staff from 2,300 to 6,300 in coming weeks as additional funds flow for the country's reconstruction, said Joe Draham, senior adviser and counselor to the authority's chief operating officer.

'That's basically for the group that supports CPA headquarters,' Draham said, speaking by telephone from Baghdad last week. 'As you have additional contractors [joining the U.S. contingent] they pay fees for hookups on their desks.'

Army Col. Tom Catudal is the authority's CIO. His office is poised to approve another contract for network support, Draham, a former GTSI Corp. executive, said.

Catudal's office provides IT support to authority staff members and contractors in Baghdad's 'green zone' of federal government and contractor operations and beyond, he said.

The authority's chief operating officer is retired Army Lt. Gen. Joseph 'Keith' Kellogg, former director of command, control, communications and computers for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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