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VA CIO Bob Howard reportedly has a new gig

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VA CIO Robert Howard

VA CIO Robert Howard

I don’t have it fully confirmed yet, but… I’m hearing from VA and industry sources that VA CIO Robert Howard has post-January 20 job.

Howard, a political appointee, is reportedly going to be the COO for a small, women-owned company. I don’t know which one — leads welcome and names will be kept quiet, of course.

Howard has served as the VA CIO since September 30, 2006. He is one of a few CIOs that have control over VA IT spending — and the only one to have that authority by law. Howard came on board as VA was reeling from a unencrypted laptop that was stolen from a VA employees home in the DC suburb of Montgomery County, MD.

If anybody knows where he is going, let me know.

You can read Howard’s bio after the break.

As promised, Bob Howard’s biography:

Robert (Bob) Howard was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on September 26, 2006 and was confirmed by the Senate on Sept. 30, 2006.

As Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology (IT), Mr. Howard serves as the Department’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on all matters pertaining to acquisition and management of IT systems. He is responsible for overseeing the operation ofVA’s computer systems and telecommunication networks that support medical, benefit and cemetery activities as well as staff support functions of the Department.

Prior to his nomination, he retired as a Major General from the US Army in 1996 and spent the next nine years in the private sector with the Cubic Corporation. With Cubic, he served as a Vice President and General Manager of the Analysis and Learning Technologies Division directing a variety of programs in support of US and foreign governments. A major aspect of this work focused on assisting a number of former communist states in Central/Eastern Europe and the Caucasus with defense reform, restructuring and modernization.

A native of Everett, Mass. his 33-year career in the Army began in 1963. While on active duty, Mr. Howard served in a variety of command and staff assignments in the continental United States, Europe and Asia, with two tours of duty in Vietnam. His assignments included command of both an engineer battalion and brigade in the 82nd Airborne Division and XVIII Airborne Corps, respectively, as well as staff positions focusing on systems analysis, modeling and simulation, strategic planning and financial management. In his last active duty assignment, Mr. Howard served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the US Army for Budget.

His academic experience includes service as an assistant professor of mathematics at the US Military Academy and as a professorial lecturer for the American University.

Mr. Howard’s civil engineering education includes a graduate degree from Texas A&M University and an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University in Boston. He also holds a Master’s degree in Military Art and Science (MMAS) from the Army Command and General Staff College and is a 1984 graduate of the National War College.

Mr. Howard resides in North Springfield, Virginia with his wife Ciretta. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.

Written by cdorobek

December 22, 2008 at 7:43 PM

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  1. Howard is like the Emeril of CIOs. He has spectacular interpersonal and leadership skills, and will without doubt be a major asset to any team he joins. Bam!


    December 23, 2008 at 4:56 AM

  2. Howard is headed to a small company in the DC area, Femme Comp Inc.

    Deep Throat

    January 6, 2009 at 9:25 AM

  3. […] told you weeks ago that VA CIO Robert Howard was leaving. Well, as of Jan. 2, he left. Federal News Radio 1500 AM confirms that Howard landed a job at Femme […]

  4. […] VA CIO Bob Howard reportedly has a new gig UPDATE: We had Howard on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. You can hear that conversation here. […]

  5. Apparently some of the posters here are living life with rose-colored glasses. A recent IG investigation has implicated Mr. Howard in serious mishandling of VA funds, preferential treatment and an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate. Yeah, great person for the job. I wonder how many veterans were screwed over so this guy could run his roller coaster.

    Don C.

    August 24, 2009 at 7:49 AM

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