On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed its top chief information officer, Richard Staropoli, has resigned from his position after only three months on the job. President Trump appointed Staropoli to the post at the end of April.
A former U.S. Secret Service agent, Staropoli quietly handed in his resignation last week, though the information only became public Monday. Staropoli will officially leave the top information security role in the department beginning in September. In the meantime, The Hill and other sources have confirmed deputy chief information security officer (CIO) Stephen Rice will serve as acting CIO until Trump appoints a new individual to fill the role.
Staropoli, who received a commendation from President George W. Bush for his actions in the White House during the Sep. 11, 2001, terror attacks, served as a special agent in the Secret Service for 25 years. He worked in a number of positions, including those in the Presidential Protective Division, the Hostage Rescue Unit, and the intelligence community. Before his move to the DHS, he worked in the private sector as the chief information security officer for the hedge fund Fortress Investment Group.
Earlier in June, Staropoli announced his intended plans for the DHS’s information security office:
“We’ve moved out all these deputies and all these directors from their offices located all over these different buildings that DHS occupies. We now occupy one floor, once space in a trading floor concept. So, when I need to get something done or a vendor needs to come up and we need to address a problem, I’ve got every entity I need in one spot. That cuts down on bureaucracy and allows me the maximum benefit of maximizing my time so we can achieve results.”
No comment has been given as to why Staropoli chose to leave the post.
His exit follows other high-profile resignations of officials working in Trump’s White House, including chief of staff Reince Priebus, press secretary Sean Spicer, and communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
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