Sonny Hashmi, the CIO of the General Services Administration, will leave the agency and take a job in the private sector. He will transition out of the GSA in early April, according to FCW.
Hashmi became the CIO of the GSA in 2014 after the departure of then CIO Casey Coleman. Hashmi was previously the deputy CIO and chief technology officer of the department. It is unknown where he will go in the private sector.
Acting Administrator Denise Turner Roth will take over as acting GSA CIO upon the departure of Hashmi. President Obama plans to nominate Carol Fortine Ochoa as the next inspector general of the GSA. Ochoa is currently the assistant inspector general at the U.S. Justice Department’s oversigh and review devision.
“Ochoa directed JOF’s oversight and review office for three years before she took the assistant IG position in 2005. She also served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the district of Columbia between 1989 and 2002 and an associate independent counsel at the Office of Independent Counsel from 1987 to 1989,” according to ExecutiveGov.
Hashmi was highly regarded during his tenure as GSA CIO, and as a deputy CIO won a 2013 Federal 100. He helped advance the open source and cloud first policies of the GSA in addition to a number of other policies to serve as a guide for the GSA in its IT operations. This move was praised by many industry voices, who noted that the GSA was taking the leading among government agencies in developing a forward-thinking IT plan.
The GSA’s IT principles include:
- Open source first
- Cloud first
- Open shared data
- Single seamless sign on
- Digital services improvements
- Record management
- Effective vendor/partner engagement
- Platform reuse first
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