Stephen Warren, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ principal deputy assistant secretary and former acting chief information officer, will resign from his post later in August.
Recently confirmed VA CIO LaVerne Council announced Warren’s forthcoming departure in an email to staff Thursday.
“Stephen came to [VA’s Office of Information and Technology] over seven years ago to lead the consolidation of IT at VA and has served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary since his arrival, and for the last two years he concurrently served as the CIO,” she wrote. “Stephen’s leadership helped lay the foundation for the organization that we will continue to improve upon and bring to greatness.”
Former VA CIO Roger Baker, in response to the news, told FedScoop of how integral Warren was as his partner in VA’s OI&T, specifically on projects like the department’s IT consolidation, the on-time delivery of the GI Bill system and the national deployment of the Veterans Benefits Management System six months ahead of schedule.
“None of that could have been done without Steph Warren,” Baker told FedScoop. “Steph’s dedication to VA and Veterans has been unfailing.”
His tenure as acting CIO wasn’t without it’s fair share of turmoil. Warren led the VA through the tumult of an IT security snafu in the wake of a 2010 systems breach and the catastrophic VA hospital waitlist scandal of 2014 in which VA’s health IT system, the Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, came under fire.
Warren’s last day at VA will be Aug. 28, Council wrote. He is eligible for retirement in 2016.