Michael Rigas has become Acting Federal CIO, according to his social media presence and a Nov. 13 document that he signed in that capacity.
Rigas already wears the dual hats of Acting Director of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), and Acting Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The White House has not announced the Acting CIO appointment, and OMB did not respond today to a request for comment. The Federal CIO position is a White House appointment that does not require Senate confirmation. Rigas succeeds Suzette Kent, who stepped down in July.
The Nov. 13 document signed by Rigas as Acting Federal CIO extends the term of the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) to Sept. 30, 2022.
The appointment – with no fanfare – of Rigas as Federal CIO resembles the muted confirmation
earlier this month of Camilo Sandoval as new Federal CISO.