The Office of Personnel Management is advertising for a permanent CIO.
OPM’s last CIO, Donna Seymour, resigned four months ago, just days before she was scheduled to speak at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
- Last year, under Seymour’s watch, a massive data breach at OPM exposed the personal information of about 21.5 million current and former federal employees and contractors.
In mid-March, Lisa Schlosser joined the embattled agency as acting CIO, but officials stressed at the time that Schlosser’s assignment would be short-term.
The new CIO will have a lot on his or her plate, including leading the charge on efforts to modernize OPM’s systems.
“To carry these efforts forward, the CIO position demands a visionary individual who can lead a dynamic workforce within OPM while coordinating with a variety of key stakeholder - across the federal government and with external partners,” according to the posting on USAJobs. “This position offers an unprecedented opportunity to an individual who has a passion for enabling excellence in human capital management services through the rapid deployment of emerging technology.”
The starting salary range is listed as $123,000 to $185,000 per year. Given the agency’s tainted reputation following the massive data breach, the job could be a tough sell. But it might also be viewed as an opportunity to help the agency in its continuing efforts to regain its footing.
In January, the Obama administration said it would establish a new national agency to conduct background checks on federal employees and contractors, taking that responsibility away from OPM.