FBI CIO Fulgham returning to private sector

Tuesday - 3/27/2012, 2:46pm EDT

The FBI's chief information officer, Chad Fulgham, will step down next month after three years at the helm of the agency's information technology efforts, the FBI announced in a release.

Chad Fulgham. Photo: FBI.gov

Fulgham plans to return to the private sector after he leaves the FBI on April 13, the release stated.

Fulgham, whose official title is executive assistant director and CIO of the Information and Technology Branch, is cited as the "driving force" behind the agency's new case-management system, known as Sentinel. It aimed to facilitate a shift away from paper records and toward electronic case management.

"When I was hired as the CIO, it was understood Sentinel was going to be one of my top priorities," Fulgham said in the release. "Today, I can tell you the software coding is done, the new hardware is in place and it has been quite impressive during initial performance testing. We have trained hundreds of FBI special agents and employees, and it will have a lasting impact on this organization."

However, the program has been long delayed. An initial launch was originally scheduled for December 2009. However, in a December 2011 audit, the FBI said the program would be pushed back until this May.

Among his other accomplishments, the FBI cited his efforts to secure a strategic data center along with server virtualization efforts.

Fulgham also led an effort to improve and increase the FBI's use of collaboration tools.

Fulgham's "strong leadership, corporate-style management, forward-thinking mindset and drive have brought innovative technology solutions that have helped the FBI accomplish its important mission for the nation," said FBI Director Robert Mueller in the release.

Before joining the FBI, Fulgham managed the IT division of the financial services firm, Lehman Brothers. He has also worked at IBM, JP Morgan Chase and Arthur Andersen.

He also spent five years in the Navy where he worked on information security and network management for the commander of the Naval Surface Force for the U.S. Atlantic Fleet.

There's no word yet on Fulgham's replacement at FBI.

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