VA names Meagher CTO

The Veterans Affairs Department has named deputy CIO Ed Meagher as chief technology officer, effective Jan. 22, VA CIO Robert McFarland said today. McFarland does not intend to fill the deputy CIO position immediately.

Meagher volunteered for the CTO position, which has been vacant since September 2003.

'Attempts to fill the position with the 'right' person with the needed skills and competencies coupled with the knowledge and history of VA IT has been without success,' McFarland said in a memo.

Meagher, who has been deputy CIO since 2001, will provide IT systems engineering consulting services and assistance on moving VA from the existing decentralized approach for IT and telecommunications to the new more centralized VA enterprise architecture structure.

Congress in this year's appropriations gave the VA CIO authority over the department's IT budget. Previously, the majority of the IT budget was in the hands of VA's administrations for health care, benefits and burial.

Meagher, an Air Force Vietnam veteran, has received numerous awards for his federal IT leadership and performance. He is also president of the executive board of the Association for Federal Information Resource Management.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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