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Department of Homeland Security chief information officer quits after 3 months

Staff Writer |
The Department of Homeland Security's chief information officer has resigned after only three months in the position, the agency confirmed.

President Donald Trump appointed Richard Staropoli, a former U.S. Secret Service agent, to the position on May 1.

Stephen Rice, the deputy chief information officer, will serve as acting CIO until Trump appoints a replacement, a DHS spokesman said. Staropoli's boss, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, left the department recently to take over as White House chief of staff.

Starpoli previously worked in the private sector as the chief information security officer for Fortress Investment Group, a billion-dollar hedge fund in New York City starting in November 2009.

He said he had grand plans to operate the DHS information technology like a trading room.

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