Education CIO to leave

Education CIO Bill Leidinger announced today that he would be leaving the department as of July 31. He was appointed CIO in 2003 but was confirmed as assistant secretary for management in 2002.

No successor has been named, but Leidinger said he would participate in the search. He added that he had no immediate plans for the future.

Under Leidinger, Education has completed certification and accreditation of all its major IT production systems, built up an internal IT security program, and developed and matured its IT investment management program. Education also has developed its enterprise architecture in the last 1 1/2 years.

OMB last scored Education's EA at 2.8 out of 5 points, and it scores over 3 now, meaning the department has an effective enterprise architecture, Leidinger said. 'We're looking at our EA not as a requirement to meet, but [something that] helps us understand what our business needs are,' he said.

Previously, Leidinger was a government consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and served as county executive in Fairfax County, Va., from 1992 until 1996. He also served on the Richmond, Va., City Council for 10 years.

Leidinger earned his bachelor's degree at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and a master's degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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