DHS Deputy CTO to Leave Agency

The Department of Homeland Security’s deputy chief technology officer, Robert Palmer, announced plans to leave the agency, DHS confirmed.

Robert Palmer (Photo: DHS)

“Today, Robert Palmer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, announced his resignation effective October 28, 2017,” DHS said in a statement. “The Department thanks Robert for his nearly 10 years of service supporting TSA and HQ. At this time, no replacement has been announced.”

Palmer has held the position of DHS deputy CTO since April 2016. His goals were to design and build resources, processes and capabilities in order to provide innovative insights into technology products and services across all IT portfolios for the purpose of strengthening cybersecurity and IT security policies. Palmer also ensured methodologies, architectures, and investment decisions along with mission objectives and department priorities.

He has also worked at DHS since 2012 as director of information assurance, and acting executive director of the Enterprise System Development Office. Before that he worked for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) since 2008.

Palmer’s resignation follows the departure of Richard Staropoli, the DHS’s CIO, on Aug. 3.

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