Howell follows Kshemendra Paul, who became the program manager for the Information Sharing Environment in May after spending three years as OMB’s chief architect.
“We thank Mike Howell for two years of outstanding service as the Deputy Administrator for E-Gov and wish him well in his next post at the Office of the Program Manager for the Information Sharing Environment,” said Vivek Kundra, federal CIO, in an e-mailed statement.
Howell has been deputy administrator —- or the de facto deputy chief information officer — since September 2008. He was previously CIO at the Interior Department. He replaced Tim Young at OMB as the Bush administration transitioned the deputy administrator position from a political post to a career one.
Before coming to OMB, Howell spent most of his career with Interior. In addition to being its CIO, Howell also was the CIO of the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
Paul said in an interview with Federal News Radio in August that his priorities as the program manager include updating the National Strategy for Information Sharing and putting a lot of effort into governance and expanding relationships across government.
Howell will begin his new position early in December.
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