McCormack hired as new CIO at Justice

Friday - 2/3/2012, 12:26pm EST

Luke McCormack is the new chief information officer at the Justice Department.

McCormack comes to Justice from the Homeland Security Department's Immigration and Custom Enforcement directorate.

Luke McCormack, new CIO, Justice Department (DHS photo)

"With his excellent credentials, experience and leadership, Luke will no doubt contribute greatly to the DoJ mission," wrote ICE Director John Morton in an email to employees obtained by Federal News Radio. "He will provide leadership and oversight of the department's information technology programs and services, in support of their law enforcement mission."

McCormack will move to Justice in late March, taking over for Van Hitch, who retired last summer. Eric Olson has been acting CIO since Hitch left in July, and will return to his deputy post when McCormack comes on board, according to a DoJ staff memo.

McCormack has been CIO at ICE since July 2005.

Morton said he has "made a tremendous impact moving the agency forward as he maintained responsibility for all aspects of ICE's information technology portfolio, including strategic planning, enterprise architecture and cyber security. During his time at ICE, he has strengthened the agency's cybersecurity and infrastructure operations and modernized a variety of business systems."

By coming to Justice, McCormack builds on his experience as the CIO for a law enforcement organization. He will oversee several data sharing projects, including the Law Enforcement Information Sharing Program (LEISP), Logical Entity Exchange Specification (LEXS) and the continued development and implementation of the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM).

Deputy Attorney General James Cole, in a statement, said McCormack has the "expertise" to oversee DoJ's IT initiatives.

"I'm confident that under his leadership the department will continue to enhance its cybersecurity, enterprise network and law enforcement sharing programs in a cost-effective way — while fulfilling our most critical missions," Cole said.

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