Homeland Security gets acting deputy CIO

Homeland Security gets acting deputy CIO

Rear Adm. Ronald T. Hewitt, the Coast Guard's assistant commandant for command, control, communications and computers and CIO, has been named acting deputy CIO of the Homeland Security Department.

Hewitt will succeed Mark J. Emery, who left DHS last month to join PEC Solutions Inc. of Fairfax, Va., as vice president of managed services [see GCN coverage.]

Hewitt has been project manager for both the National Distress and Response System Modernization Project, known as Rescue 21, and the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement Project at the guard's headquarters. He commanded its Electronic Support Unit in Boston and served on the planning and programming staff in the Command, Control and Communications Office. Hewitt holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Nathaniel Heiner, the guard's chief knowledge officer, will take over for Hewitt as acting CIO, according to Chief Petty Officer Paul Rhynard, a Coast Guard spokesman.

The job of Coast Guard CIO is a billet for a rear admiral, Rhynard said. Heiner, a civilian, accordingly cannot be promoted to the job of Coast Guard CIO under the organizational structure, Rhynard said.

The department's first CIO, Steven I. Cooper, resigned April 4. Cooper said last week he would leave by the end of the month.

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