Treasury CIO Ladner to resign

Drew Ladner has submitted his resignation as Treasury Department CIO to President Bush.

Ladner, who is returning to industry, will leave his CIO post April 30. He became CIO in March of last year.

Information on his replacement and future plans were not available. Mike Parker is Treasury deputy CIO.

The CIO position is being converted back to a career appointment from a political appointment now that the reasons for converting it to a political position'to reform IT governance, boost IT security and invigorate e-government'are complete, a Treasury staff member who did not wish to be identified said.

Ladner oversees a $2.6 billion IT budget. He has been a strong proponent of IT governance to improve management, enterprisewide services to make Treasury more efficient and open competition among contractors to get the best technology for new services.

Jim Flyzik, who Ladner replaced and is now a partner with consultants Guerra, Kiviat, Flyzik and Associates Inc., said Ladner did a great job stepping into the CIO role. "There were a lot of tough issues he had to deal with, like the future direction of a number of programs and the strategy of how the programs should move forward. He kept moving the programs forward," Flyzik said.

He said Ladner also succeeded "in assuring that things that should be done on an enterprise basis remain that way. When you have a downsizing process, which happened to Treasury, there is a tendency to go to decentralized model, and he recognized the importance of holding together as a department and kept it moving."

Ladner recently expanded a content management contract to an enterprisewide licensing agreement underwritten in part by the savings from lower technical support and maintenance fees he negotiated as part of the contract. He also prevailed recently in opening to full competition a lucrative follow-on contract to the Treasury Communications Systems contract, called the Treasury Communications Enterprise.

He has been active in interagency roles, including serving as chairperson of the governmentwide E-Authentication Executive Steering Committee and a member of the Business Gateway, E-Rulemaking and SmartBuy executive steering committees.

Before coming to Treasury, he was managing director of Clasis Capital, a boutique technology investment and advisory firm specializing in software and telecommunications. His career as a technology executive has ranged from start-ups to large corporations, including AOL Time Warner and Netscape Communications Corp.

Ladner holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, a master's in theology from the University of Oxford and a bachelor's in international economics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

GCN Staff Writer Jason Miller contributed to this report.

About the Author

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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