Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced yesterday his appointment of Teri Takai as DoD chief information officer.
Takai previously served as CIO for the state of California and was a past president of the National Association of State CIOs. Named one of Government Technology’s Top 25 “Doers, Dreamers and Drivers,“ Takai will assume her new duties effective Nov. 7.
Takai was originally nominated for her post in March. In September, however, her nomination was withdrawn because of “ongoing reorganization of the Defense Department“™s IT operations and organizational structure,“ InformationWeek reports.
The new CIO position will be central to DoD’s efforts to streamline its IT management and infrastructure to drive increased information security and agility. Takai will also be responsible for making sure IT is used in the most cost-effective way.
Takai will also help lead the effort to close down Networks & Information Integration and define the successor CIO organization. Accordingly, she will also temporarily serve as the acting assistant secretary of defense for NII during this transition period.