“Teri Takai may begin her tenure as Defense Department CIO in a swirl of chaos, as some lawmakers are demanding more information from Defense Secretary Robert Gates about his plans to reorganize the department.
The questions center on the proposed closure of the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Networks and Information Integration — in which the CIO’s office has historically been located on the org chart — along with Joint Forces Command and the Business Transformation Office
According to an Oct. 7 letter to Gates from House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.), some committee members are not buying Gates’ rationale for the closures and suspect there is more to the issue than what was presented in the Sept. 29 hearing on the reorganization – which the secretary didn’t attend. “