Census searches for new IT security chief

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The Census Bureau is looking for hire a chief for its Office of Information Security who will help lead the agency’s tech overhaul, according to a recent USAJobs.gov posting.

“The Chief, OIS will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and controlling information security for the Census Bureau, including security measures for all computers, electronic storage devices, and communication systems,” the post says.

The position should not be confused for chief information security officer — Timothy Ruland, who has been with the bureau since 1991, will continue to work as the Census’ CISO.

“The position of Chief, Office of Information Security is responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the IT security compliance and operations to meets the CISO’s Guidance through the management of the security staff assigned to the Office of Information Security,” Ruland told FedScoop in an email.

The bureau began the search Aug. 3 and will be accepting applications until Sept. 2, according to the site. The position requires a top-secret security clearance and comes with a salary range from about $123,000 to more than $185,000 per year.

[Read more: Auditors: Census won’t make 2020 deadlines on IT]

The posting comes after the agency’s Chief Information Officer Kevin Smith was hired in June. Smith was brought on after the agency went 11 months without a permanent CIO.

Whoever gets the job will work on the bureau’s ambitious plan for the 2020 Census. By then, the agency hopes more than half of U.S. citizens will be able to respond to the decennial count online. The bureau also plans to launch the Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing program, which would modernize much of the agency’s legacy systems.

But it might be a tall an order for the Census, according to a Government Accountability Office audit from June, which said it would not meet its deadlines because the bureau had yet to buy any of its key IT equipment. The Census disagreed, citing it was still on track and just needed to update its drafts and schedules.

Contact the reporter on this story via email: Jeremy.Snow@FedScoop.com. Follow him on Twitter @JeremyM_Snow. Sign up for the Daily Scoop — all the federal IT news you need in your inbox every morning — here: fdscp.com/sign-me-on

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