Navy gets new CIO

Former HHS Deputy Chief Information Officer Rob Foster takes over as Navy chief information officer on June 15.

Rob Foster, the former deputy chief information officer at the Health and Human Services Department, has been named the new CIO of the Navy, FedScoop has confirmed.

Foster replaces John Zangardi, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space, who assumed the acting CIO role in May 2014 after Terry Halvorsen became the Defense Department CIO.


Robert Foster takes over as Navy CIO on June 15, sources confirmed. (HHS)

Foster’s first day on the job will be June 15, a source confirmed.


Foster is a retired Navy officer, whose most recent post was as the deputy CIO for Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to DHS, Foster was the program manager for the Product Data Management Initiative at the Defense Logistics Agency.

Commissioned in 1984, Foster holds a master’s in information technology management from Naval Postgraduate School. His other IT assignments included stints as director of software process improvement and the Navy/Marine Corps Intranet project officer at Fleet Material Support Office, and the implementation program manager for N/MCI at the Naval Supply Systems Command.

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story used an incorrect photo of Foster. The story has been corrected.

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