Census Bureau names new CIO

The Census Bureau has named Kevin Smith its new chief information officer.

The bureau made the announcement Monday, with Smith coming from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he served as the Chief Information Security Officer.

Smith focused on integrating agile and DevOps practices into the patent office, along various other IT modernization projects. During his career, he has also spent time working for SAIC, IBM and various financial companies.

He will oversee similar modernization efforts inn his new role, including preparation for the 2020 decennial census — which officials hope will, for the first time, make extensive use of mobile devices and online apps to replace paper-based records.


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“Kevin Smith has the exact skill set and experience the Census Bureau needs,” Census Bureau Director John H. Thompson said in a release. “He’s been an IT leader in both government and the private sector, making him uniquely qualified to lead our technological transformation.”

Smith takes over after former CIO Brian McGrath left last year to work as CIO for the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs.

Smith will be based in Census’ Suitland, Maryland office.

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