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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Meet Dr. Gordon Bitko: New Chief Information Officer for the FBI
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – As the public spat between the FBI and Apple Computer continues, while other organizations such as Microsoft, regularly work with the NSA and other organizations on zero-day exploits, and the government itself may be sitting on zero-day vulnerabilities, the FBI is trying to Decipher the Debate Over Encryption as illustrated by last week’s Statement by Amy Hess, Before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.
Now, FBI Director James B. Comey has named Dr. Gordon Bitko to the post of Chief Information Officer. Dr Bitko most recently served as the section chief of the Support Services Transformation Office (SSTO), where he was responsible for overseeing an enterprise-wide transformation in the FBI’s information technology strategy, resources, and processes.
Mr. Bitko joined the FBI in 2007 and was assigned to the Corporate Policy Office of the Resource Planning Office. In 2009, he created and led the Performance Management Unit of the Resource Planning Office. In 2012, while in the Resource Planning Office, Mr. Bitko was promoted to the senior executive service. During his time in the Resource Planning Office, Mr. Bitko led teams in performance and strategy, resource allocation, and business improvement projects. In 2009, he received the Director’s Award for Excellence.
Dr.. Bitko has bachelor’s and master’s in engineering and a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School in California. A scholar and author, Dr. Bitko will succeed Jerry Pender, who stepped down from the CIO post in August. Dr. Bitko will assume his new role in April.
According to Federal News Radio, FBI Director James Comey told his staff that he picked Dr. Bitko for the CIO post because of his knowledge in technology. Prior to joining the FBI, Dr. Bitko worked for over a decade in the public sector, including a Doctoral Fellow at the RAND corporation, Director of Marketing at Nanomuscle and a Product Engineering Manager at Motorola.
His work while at the RAND corporation involved the relationship between privacy and security.
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