Keith Jones, the State Department’s chief information officer (CIO), will leave office after 16 months to return to the private sector, a department spokesperson confirmed to MeriTalk.
Glenn Miller, the department’s senior deputy director, will serve as acting chief information officer until the State Department appoints a new director.
During his tenure as CIO, Jones established strategic technology direction and oversaw $2.4 billion in technology programs across the State Department.
“CIO Keith A. Jones has elected to return to the private sector, after more than 38 years of service with the federal government. The effective date of departure for Jones will be Friday, June 17, 2022,” a department spokesperson said.
Prior to becoming CIO at the State Department, Jones spent 15 years working for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), holding technology leadership positions with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the immigration and customs departments.
After leaving DHS, Jones became President and CEO of Edgewater Group DC. He was also a senior consultant for Deep Water Point. Jones has also served as a strategic advisor for the Government Technology & Services Coalition, where he helped large and small businesses build capabilities in support of government initiatives.