Hobbs to be new Treasury CIO

Ira Hobbs will become Treasury's CIO

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The Treasury Department today named Ira Hobbs its new CIO.

Hobbs, the Agriculture Department deputy CIO for the past seven years, has a long history of advancing cross-government initiatives, program management and enterprise architecture.
Hobbs' appointment is effective June 13. At Treasury, he will oversee the department's $2.6 billion IT portfolio, including IRS' troubled business systems modernization.

He replaces Drew Ladner, who left Treasury April 30. Mike Parker, former Treasury deputy CIO, had been acting CIO.

Hobbs served as acting Agriculture CIO for one year until February 2002 when Scott Charbo was appointed CIO and subsequently returned to his duties as deputy CIO. As acting CIO, Hobbs oversaw 4,000 IT employees and helped manage the $1.7 billion IT program. He had been the department's deputy CIO since 1997.(Click to link to USDA biography)

Hobbs has also been recognized as a leader in helping to make Agriculture citizen-centered and performance-based. (Click for GCN story) He received Agriculture's Honor Award for Superior Service in 2000, 1996 and 1985.

He co-chairs the Federal CIO Council Workforce and Human Capital for IT Committee, which works to improve the recruitment, retention and skills of the federal IT workforce. Hobbs is also a past president of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.

Hobbs' appointment to Treasury is very deserved but will be a loss to Agriculture, said Agriculture CIO Scott Charbo. "To put a positive perspective on it from our viewpoint, we like to take good folks and share them with other government agencies. It's a good stimulus," he said.

Hobbs is one of the most well respected and experienced CIO's in government, with a long list of accomplishments and awards, said Scott Hastings, president of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) and CIO for the Homeland Security Department's US-VISIT program.

"What you cannot see on the written record is the high regard in which Ira is held, both in government and industry," Hastings said.

"His longstanding record of bringing attention to human capital issues in the federal IT community, addressing those issues and providing better opportunities for IT professionals will be welcomed at Treasury Department,' Ladner said of his replacement.

Prior to his positions in the Office of the CIO, Hobbs was Agriculture's director of the Office of Operations, for which he managed the department's four-building headquarters complex, directed the departmental procurement program and was responsible for Agriculture's National Information Technology Center.

Treasury converted the CIO position from political appointee back to a career position because outstanding issues, such as IT governance and security, were on track, said Ladner, who is returning to the private sector. 'A number of issues, like IRS, will take years to address and that speaks well of putting someone in place now who will be there well beyond the election and through the coming years,' he said.

Hobbs received a bachelor's in political science from Florida A&M University and a Master of Public Administration from Florida State University.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.


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