VA CIO, Rob Thomas II, to retire

VA CIO Thomas to retire, Federal News Radio, Jason Miller, September 20, 2017

“Rob Thomas, the Veterans Affairs Department’s chief information officer and the acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology, is retiring in October.

A VA spokesperson confirmed Thomas’s decision.

Scott Blackburn had been the interim deputy secretary at VA until August, when the Senate confirmed current deputy Secretary Thomas Bowman will take over as acting CIO and acting assistant secretary.

Rob Thomas is retiring after 35 years in government.

Thomas has been CIO since January, taking over for LaVerne Council after she left because of the change in administration.

Thomas leaves federal service after more than 35 years, including the last two-plus at VA. He also worked at FEMA, the Defense Department, the Air Force, and took a turn in the private sector.

“Please know that it has been an honor, privilege and pleasure to serve with you at [the Office of Information and Technology]. This has been an enriching experience: serving our nation’s Veterans, and equally important, having the opportunity to work side-by-side with outstanding public servants.”” Read More Here

G2X TAKE: As part of an email to VA OI&T Colleagues early yesterday afternoon, Thomas announced his intent to depart VA effective October 2017. The rumor mill now begins about where he may end up.

What we do know is that Thomas will have plenty of offers coming his way. VA OI&T has experienced a larger than normal number of departures since the new administration took over, some of which is normal course of action – others not. At the same time, new VA leadership has committed to several major IT efforts, most notably an EHR modernization initiative. Firms who have recent former VA IT leaders on staff stand to benefit as they bring the types of understanding and perspective that will be in demand.

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