Bob Brese, the Energy Department’s chief information officer, is leaving government after almost 30 years for the private sector.
In an email sent to staff today, and obtained by Federal News Radio, Brese said his last day will be Sept. 5. Brese didn’t say in his email where he was going next. “The timing, in my opinion, is perfect,” Brese wrote to staff. “This has been a tremendous capstone year of accomplishments and it is a convenient point to turn over the implementation of the 120-day study, Assistant CIO spend plans, information resource management governance, the Joint Cybersecurity Coordination Center, cross-agency priority goals, etc. to an extremely capable team. The above items cap a long list of OCIO accomplishments over the past four years that clearly shows the quality of our people and our joint commitment to making DOE better each and every day.”
Don Adcock will be the interim CIO when Brese leaves. Adcock came to Energy in April 2012 after spending more than two years as the executive director of the Army IT Agency.
“I will miss working with each of you. It has been an honor and a privilege to have been part of this great organization and to have a hand in all the improvements we have made,” Brese wrote. “I can¹t think of a better way to cap off more than 30 years of combined military and federal service than to have spent the last of four of them with you.”
Brese spent 22 years in the Navy as a submarine officer and spent seven years at Energy, including the last four as its CIO.
During his tenure as CIO, Brese focused on modernizing Energy’s IT infrastructure through the OneNNSA network to create a technology backbone with seamless identity management and collaboration services.
Brese also led the effort to improve Energy’s cyber posture by creating a Joint Cyber Coordination Effort (JC3), which reached initial operating capability in 2013 and continues to expand.
In addition to his daily CIO work, Brese also co-led the American Energy Data Challenge to introduce the public to the open data and application programming interface resources offered by DoE. One of the goals of the challenge is help the public use the data to create new tools.