DHS CIO Richard Spires steps down


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2013_04_richardspires1 Richard Spires (Photo: FedScoop)

After months of uncertainty about his whereabouts — and plenty of speculation — Homeland Security Department Chief Information Officer Richard Spires has announced his plans to step down.

FedScoop broke the news April 1 that Spires had been placed on administrative leave. At the time, no explanation was given for the decision, and Spires, a frequent keynote speaker and panelist, remained absent from the D.C. events circuit — and DHS itself.

Until today, that is, when agency employees received an email from Spires announcing his resignation. Spires did not provide any details as to why he has decided to depart after more than 3.5 years on the job as DHS CIO.

A DHS official confirmed to FedScoop the agency has accepted Spires’ resignation. Margie Graves will continue to serve as acting CIO for DHS, a role she assumed March 15.

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