HHS names Havekost new CIO

Charles Havekost

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HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced today that Charles Havekost, program manager for Grants.gov, will become the department's CIO and deputy assistant secretary for information resources management.

Havekost will oversee the department's information technology resources, program systems and infrastructure. He will also be responsible for the development of enterprise architecture in compliance with the Office of Management and Budget's regulations and administration policy. He starts on the job Monday.

'His previous work here at the department, in particular on Grants.gov, demonstrates his deep understanding of the importance of information technology and how it can better serve our citizens,' Thompson said.

He replaces Melissa Chapman, who resigned in October to join the private sector. Kathleen Heuer had been acting CIO in addition to her position as deputy assistant secretary for performance and planning. (Click for GCN story)

Grants.gov is one of the 25 federal E-Gov initiatives outlined in the President's Management Agenda. Havekost also has been serving as the acting director for grants management and policy at HHS. (Click for GCN story)

He began his federal career as a junior fellow at HHS' National Institutes of Health, and has worked more than 25 years for the federal government in areas of information systems, grants and technology management. In 1999, Havekost briefly left federal service and became a director at BroadBand Office, a startup telecommunications firm, where he created the strategy and implementation for the corporation's customer support organization.

He returned to federal service in 2001, and today leads a team on detail from agencies across the federal government as part of the Grants.gov initiative.

Havekost received a master's degree in information resources management from Syracuse University.

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