Jul 16 2015

5 Facts About New ICE CIO Michael Brown

A longtime DHS exec, Brown comes into a position that has seen high turnover in recent years.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently named Michael Brown, a longtime executive in the Homeland Security Department’s IT office, as its new CIO.

To get to know Brown better, here are five facts:

  1. Brown has had a long career at DHS. Since 2007, he has served as the executive director for the Information Technology Services Office within the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer since 2007. Previously, he served as the department’s deputy director for infrastructure operations and as director of systems operations.

  2. Brown was a Fed 100 winner in 2013. He was honored for saving providing DHS with an estimated projected savings $2.8 billion through a data center consolidation project that migrated 16 facilities down to just two. In a transition overseen by Brown, more than 100,000 DHS employees were moved to a private cloud email service, according to FCW.

  3. As ICE CIO, Brown takes on a position that has seen a fair amount of turnover in recent years. Brown replaces Kevin Kern, who left the agency about nine months ago after spending less than a year on the job. Kern himself replaced Thomas Michelli, who was at the agency a little more than a year before becoming CIO at the Coast Guard in February of 2014. There were a number of interim people to serve as ICE CIO during the leadership changes after years of stability under Luke McCormack, now the DHS CIO, who served as ICE’s CIO for nearly seven years.

  4. OK, so, not related to Brown, but tied to technology and immigration: Wired recently took a look at how “better tech can make the immigration process suck less.” The article is worth a read, but, at its core, it hits on a common theme: The government has a paper problem.

  5. ICE’s Brown is not to be confused with the Navy’s Michael Brown, who serves as the director of Cybersecurity Coordination in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, also inside Homeland Security.

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