One unknown at the Pentagon has finally been answered.
Teri Takai, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the Defense Department’s chief information officer, will finally assume her new role on Nov. 7, Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Tuesday.
“The new CIO position will be central to these efforts as the DoD continues to transform its IT capabilities to meet the enormous mission critical needs of the U.S. military,” according to a DoD news release
There was some uncertainty about Takai filling the position after her nomination hearing, set for Aug. 3, was canceled.
Under Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ cost-saving plan, it’s unclear whether the CIO position or its functions will move with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to Fort Meade, Md.
Gates has said the reorganization plan will strengthen the role of the CIO, but how that will play out is yet to be seen.