Dec 20 2019

Deputy Federal CIO Margie Graves to Retire

Graves helped shape numerous government IT initiatives including Cloud Smart and the Federal Cyber Reskilling Academy.

A major shakeup is coming to government IT leadership. Margie Graves, the federal deputy CIO, is leaving government service on Dec. 31, according to Federal News Network

Graves is leaving after more than 18 years in government, and eventually plans to take a role in the private sector after taking some time off, FedScoop reports.

“It’s been fabulous here and it’s the natural next cycle for me to move on,” Graves said in an interview with Federal News Network. “I have been thinking about this since earlier this year and I knew I wanted to cycle out to the private sector. But I wanted to make sure we were at a great place with the delivery of our agenda. This is a natural inflection point now that the major policy revisions are done.”

Graves told FedScoop that her father passed away last month, which increased her desire to focus on family. Graves told FedScoop she is “very proud” of the work the Federal CIO’s office has done in recent years.

Graves, alongside Federal CIO Suzette Kent, has been deeply involved in several recent IT policy revamps, including around data center optimization, the federal Cloud Smart policy, the Trusted Internet Connections program, the Cybersecurity Reskilling Academy, and the federal data strategy

“I’m passionate about specific things like data, IT modernization and cybersecurity, and having experiences in those areas, I’ll be able to bring my knowledge and expertise in those areas to the private sector,” Graves told Federal News Network.