EPA CIO Jackson returning to private sector

Tuesday - 6/18/2013, 5:13am EDT

Malcolm Jackson, the Environmental Protection Agency's chief information officer and assistant administrator in the Office of Environmental Information, is returning to the private sector.

In an email to staff, obtained by Federal News Radio, Jackson said he's joining a commercial services company and his last day in government is July 7. Jackson did not name the company he's joining.

Malcolm Jackson, EPA CIO and assistant administrator in the Office of Environmental Information

"I have enjoyed every moment at EPA immensely and have been so impressed by the passion that you have for your jobs and the agency's mission," Jackson said in his email. "We have made some great changes together to strengthen OEI and the technology direction of EPA. I hope that you will keep the momentum going and fill the technology gap while ensuring security and quality."

Jackson has been CIO and assistant administrator for three years. The EPA assistant administrator and CIO is a presidentially appointed, Senate confirmed position.

Renee Wynn is the acting deputy CIO and acting principal deputy assistant administrator, according to the CIO Council website. Jackson didn't mention who would serve in his role as acting CIO.

During his tenure, Jackson oversaw the agency's IT operations and security as well as the information quality and collection, and access to environmental information including the Toxics Release Inventory.

Jackson initiated major changes at EPA. He moved the agency to email in the cloud, buying services for 25,000 employees from Lockheed Martin and Microsoft.

Additionally, Jackson changed the way the agency bought IT hardware, moving from 10 regional contracts to one centralized procurement vehicle.

In his role as assistant administrator, Jackson led the EPA's Apps for Environment challenge, which took agency data and turned it into applications people could use.

"And while I am really looking forward to my next job and the challenges it will bring, deciding to take a new job is a very bittersweet decision for me," Jackson wrote. "Keep bringing your best to EPA every day and continue to serve the public well."

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