White House CIO to step down

White House CIO to step down

Carlos Solari, CIO of the White House, is returning to industry Feb. 18.

Solari has been in charge of IT for the Executive Office of the President for about two-and-a-half years. He said he will restart his consulting firm, Solari Innovations Inc. in Shenandoah, Va., and focus on enterprise architecture, continuity of operations, disaster recovery and strategic planning.

'I will end up supporting the government in the beginning I'm sure, but I'm not tied to working on in the public sector,' he said. 'I planned on staying a couple of years, and now it is time to move on.'

Solari has spent more than 20 years in federal service, including 13 years in the Army and seven with the FBI's Criminal IT Investigative Division.

After spending time in industry, he returned to government service for the White House CIO post. He said he spent his time there improving the systems infrastructure.

Solari said some of the achievements he is most proud of are implementing the Executive Office's enterprise architecture, and consolidating and standardizing the infrastructure. The Government Accountability Office rated the White House EA to be at the final step, Stage 5, of the GAO enterprise architecture maturity model [see GCN story].

Solari also pointed to the disaster recovery and continuity-of-operations systems his team put in as a 'tremendous achievement.'

'If there was some bad thing to happen, we could continue to operate,' he said. 'We've really revitalized the culture of IT at the EOP.'

The White House has not named a replacement.

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