Tech expert moves to USA’s General Services Administration

By on 26/11/2018 | Updated on 04/02/2022
The General Services Administration is leading a cross-government IT shake-up

The former chief information officer (CIO) of the Health and Human Services department Beth Killoran has moved to the General Services Administration (GSA) as the new deputy CIO, according to the Federal Times.

Killoran took up the post in mid-November, moving from the Office of the Surgeon General, where she had been reassigned three months earlier to develop a strategy for the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

At the GSA, she will contribute to a drive to modernise information technology across the federal government, which was announced by the Trump administration.

At Health and Human Services (HHS), Killoran reorganised the CIO office and named Todd Simpson as the first chief product officer, with innovation as the department’s focus, according to Healthcare IT News.

All change

At the time she left the HHS it was in the midst of a shakeup, after its chief information officer Chris Wlaschin resigned and the chief technology officer left to join the private sector. There had been controversy in the department over allegations that two senior officials had been penalised for whistleblowing after opposing a potential reorganisation of the HCCIC, and the issue was under investigation by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Prior to that, Killoran worked for the Department of Homeland Security for nearly four years. She was director of the program management office and deputy director of the office of program accountability and risk management. She has also held posts at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and at US Customs and Border Protection.

About Catherine Early

Catherine is a journalist and editor specialising in government policy and regulation. She writes predominantly about environmental issues and has held permanent roles at the Environmentalist (now known as Transform), the ENDS Report, Planning magazine and Windpower Monthly, and has also written for the Guardian, the Ecologist and China Dialogue. She was a finalist in the Guardian’s International Development Journalism competition 2009, and was part of the team that won PPA Business Magazine of the Year 2011 for Windpower Monthly. She also won an outstanding content award at Haymarket Media Group’s employee awards for data-led stories in Planning magazine. She holds a 2:1 honours degree in English language and literature from Birmingham University.

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