Rob Thomas has been named the acting deputy to CIO Laverne Council at the Department of Veteran Affairs, FedScoop has learned.
Thomas, who served previously as acting CIO and deputy CIO of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been in charge of VA’s Enterprise Program Management Office since late last fall, FedScoop first reported.
Now as acting principal deputy assistant secretary in VA’s Office of Information and Technology, Thomas will serve as Council’s adviser “for all Department-wide information technology, security and privacy matters including policy/budget formulation, planning, assessment of Department business requirements, acquisition, execution and oversight; internal and external coordination; and development and analysis of department level program data,” according to a description of the position.
Most recently Ron Thompson served as VA’s principal deputy CIO. It’s unclear what his position will be moving forward as VA will face many leadership changes in the forthcoming transition.
Council is a political appointee and will resign with the departure of the Obama administration.