DHS' Richard Spires resigns as CIO


Richard Spires has resigned from his post as chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security,  an agency official confirmed Tuesday.

Spires has been on elected leave since March 15, according to the DHS official. But the nature of his resignation is unclear. Margie Graves, the departnment’s deputy CIO, will continue serving as acting CIO.

DHS has yet to respond to earlier requests from Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee, concerning Spires’ extended leave from the agency. Specifically, Thompson asked why Spires was placed on voluntary or non voluntary leave, and who made the final decision regarding his leave. Responses were due May 6.


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  1. No good deed goes unpunished… This is very disappointing news to all that has worked with, or knew of Mr. Spires’ work. As a CIO he’s among the best, or probably the best at what he does. It’s very unfortunate that the power mongers, at all levels of management at DHS feared the possibility of a refocused and re-energized OCIO. Congress should demand the truth and do not settle for anything else.

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