OMB Confirms Appointment of Controversial New Federal CISO – a former acting VA CIO

“Camilo Sandoval, a former acting CIO for the Veterans Affairs Department, was the director of the Trump campaign’s data operations in 2016.”

“The White House has quietly filled the position of federal chief information security officer. Camilo Sandoval has been serving in the role for the past month, according to the Office of Management and Budget.”

“A spokesperson for OMB confirmed that a recent entry on a government website by Sandoval under the new title was not an accident and told Nextgov he started in the post last month. Why there was no announcement of Sandoval’s appointment remains unclear.”

“Meritalk first reported on the expected appointment of Sandoval as well as Office of Personnel Management Chief of Staff Basil Parks for the role of chief information officer. There is no news on the appointment of a new federal CIO.”

“In the cio.gov blog post, Sandoval praised recent progress in cybersecurity and flagged new activities expected in relation to cloud services and the Federal Acquisition Security Council, which is in charge of issuing exclusion and removal orders…” Read the full article here.

Source: OMB Confirms Appointment of Controversial New Federal CISO – By Mariam Baksh, November 6, 2020. Nextgov.

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