Matthews resigns as Transportation CIO

Transportation Department CIO and CIO Council vice chairman Dan Matthews is leaving government this week, his office has confirmed. Matthews' last day is Dec. 16.

Before coming to Transportation in early 2003, Matthews was a senior vice president for Savantage Financial Services of Rockville, Md. Before that, he spent 17 years at Lockheed Martin Corp.

While at Transportation, Matthews helped dramatically improve DOT's cybersecurity as the agency went from a D to an A grade on the most recent Federal Information Security Management Act report card earlier this year.

Matthews also spearheaded an IT consolidation within the department that he said would save $5 million in annual costs. The consolidation is part of the department's move into a new building in Southeast Washington in September 2006.

As part of the consolidation, the CIO Office directed DOT agencies'including the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Transit Administration'toward a shared environment and more enterprisewide applications, away from individual and duplicative systems.

Matthews also played a major role in the CIO Council, where he currently serves as vice chairman.

In this position, he helped the council draft white papers that defined for the government the different types of system components that will let agencies share technology more easily.

The council also played a major role in the General Services Administration's enterprise license software buying initiative, called SmartBuy, by strongly encouraging the CIOs to inventory their software assets and working with vendors to come to terms on a governmentwide contract.

Most recently, the CIO Council released IP version 6 and earned-value management guidance for agencies.

"Dan has been a great vice chairman and CIO for Transportation,' said Karen Evans, CIO Council director and Office of Management and Budget's administrator for e-government and IT. 'The CIO Council will miss his leadership and I will miss him as a confidant and partner, but mostly his daily support and friendship."

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