Tony Scott, the chief information officer (CIO) at software firm VM-ware, will be the next U.S. CIO. He will also serve as the administrator of the White House Office of E-Government and Information Technology, where he will be responsible for managing an $84 billion — and growing — federal I.T. budget.
The CIO post had been officially vacant since September, when former CIO Steven VanRoekel stepped down to work on fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa for the U.S. Agency for International Development. VanRoekel’s deputy Lisa Schlosser had been serving as acting CIO since he decamped.
Before joining VMware in August 2013, Scott served as the CIO at Microsoft for five years. Previous stints include serving as the CIO for the Walt Disney Co. and as a chief technology officer at General Motors.