Tech leaders Cheriyan, DeLuca depart GSA

Anil Cheriyan speaks on a fireside chat at the 2020 IT Modernization Summit. (FedScoop)

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The federal tech leadership exodus continues with Technology Transformation Services head Anil Cheriyan announcing his departure Tuesday, on the heels of the Centers of Excellence (CoE) Executive Director Bob DeLuca earlier this month.

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent announced last week she is leaving government in July, making this the third such announcement in June — nearly four months away from the November election and the start of a potential presidential transition.

Cheriyan, who also serves as Federal Acquisition Service deputy commissioner, is headed to the private sector July 17. Cheriyan joined the General Services Administration in January 2019. With CoE Executive Director Bob DeLuca, he oversaw the expansion of that trademark program from two to 12 agencies, even amid the current coronavirus pandemic.

“Anil has done a tremendous job leading TTS, and I am very grateful for all he and his team have accomplished during the past 18 months,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy in the announcement. “Under his leadership, the Centers of Excellence program has grown to twelve agencies, and GSA has had the opportunity to be involved in multiple governmentwide initiatives that have positively supported the federal government’s COVID-19 response.”

Cheriyan wished DeLuca goodbye in an email to TTS employees, stating the first CoE executive director’s last day was June 19.

“A signature White House initiative, poised to transform the way citizens and federal employees engage with technology, Bob stepped into the CoE executive director position to drive key, strategic IT modernization projects that stretch enterprise-wide,” Cheriyan wrote.

DeLuca will join the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. as deputy CIO in July.

New CoE partnership announcements are “in the works,” and until DeLuca’s replacement is named, TTS Assistant Commissioner of Clients and Markets Harry Lee will lead the program.

TTS assists agencies with making their services more accessible and efficient using modern applications, platforms and workforce policies. Offices include the innovation arm 18F, CoE program, Presidential Innovation Fellows program, Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, cloud.gov, and login.gov.

Cheriyan helped TTS “sharpen its vision, strategy and focus on the key elements vital to the future of federal IT modernization,” said FAS Commissioner Julie Dunne.

He thanked TTS employees in his announcement.

“I have been constantly impressed by the quality of the TTS team, and it has been a privilege to work with each of our team members,” Cheriyan said. “They are immensely talented and driven public servants, who are committed to transforming and improving the public’s experience with government through technology.”

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