State Department CIO’s Plan to Reengineer Agency’s IT Process

Nextgov | January 28, 2020

The State Department has a poor track record when it comes to deploying IT. But all that is about to change, according to the agency’s chief information officer, who is in the midst of reengineering the way the department does IT. When Stuart McGuigan joined the State Department in March, he found a large organization with a multitude of missions, outposts and, importantly, technology needs. McGuigan—who came from a private-sector background managing IT for large companies—wanted to decentralize the way State viewed IT projects.

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BAE Systems Digital Intelligence | August 20, 2022

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