General Services Administration CIO Sonny Hashmi is leaving government for the public sector, agency officials confirmed Wednesday. Deputy CIO David Shive will be taking over as acting CIO until a permanent IT leader is named.

Hashmi started at GSA in 2010 as deputy CIO and moved into the lead role in 2014.

"Sonny has led key initiatives such as our move to the cloud, our transition to Google and a comprehensive IT consolidation effort that has saved the agency hundreds of millions of dollars while continually enabling us to provide cutting edge solutions," Denise Turner Roth, acting GSA administrator, said in a note to employees Wednesday.

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Roth noted Shive is well positioned to step into the CIO role, having a hand in all of GSA's IT programs over the last two years.

"His technology acumen and knowledge of GSA's business needs makes him the best choice for acting CIO," she said. "GSA has had a history of strong technology leadership in this position and I look forward to working with him to continue to build on our legacy of IT excellence."

In the memo, Roth also cited the upcoming departure of 18F Executive Director Greg Godbout, who will be transitioning to another agency in April. Principal Deputy Executive Director Aaron Snow will be taking over as acting executive director at that time.

"For years we have served as a model for government innovation, which has changed the face of government technology," Roth wrote. "We will continue on that trajectory ensuring that our efforts are led by the best and brightest individuals possible."

Aaron Boyd is an awarding-winning journalist currently serving as editor of Federal Times — a Washington, D.C. institution covering federal workforce and contracting for more than 50 years — and Fifth Domain — a news and information hub focused on cybersecurity and cyberwar from a civilian, military and international perspective.

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