FEMA taps headquarters veteran as new CIO

Tony Cira

Tony Cira, formerly executive director of infrastructure operations for the Homeland Security Department CIO's office, has moved to the top IT job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS said.

While in the department's central CIO office, Cira managed the day-to-day operations of WANs supporting both classified and unclassified communications. Cira's headquarters job included responsibilities for running DHS' global e-mail system, a 125,000-square-foot data center and a LAN that connected the department's executive staff.

Cira also planned and created DHS' continuity-of-operations activities.

Cira formerly was vice president of programs and operations for AT&T Corp. in Washington. Earlier in his career, he worked for the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Air Force.

Cira joined FEMA last month. He succeeded Jeanne Etzel, who served as the agency's acting CIO following former CIO Barry West's move in May to the top IT job at the Commerce Department.

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