Steve Rice is now the principal deputy chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security. He took the position in January and has been overseeing the “management, security, and sharing of DHS information technology” since then, the agency told FedScoop.
Rice comes directly from the Transportation Security Administration, where he served as CIO and assistant administrator for the Office of Information Technology. He took that role in 2013, having previously worked as deputy CIO. While at TSA, Rice oversaw IT strategy, operations and security.
At DHS Rice works under CIO Richard Staropoli, who was appointed by President Trump at the end of April. Both men share a professional history within the Secret Service — Staropoli served as a special agent for more than two decades. Rice, meanwhile, worked in both intelligence and tech roles in the 1990s, assisting the unit that responded to the Oklahoma City bombings, for example.