The U.S. State Department’s Chief Information Officer Frontis Wiggins will retire from his position in the agency on Dec. 8, a State Department representative confirmed Federal Times.
Wiggins’s retirement, originally reported by FCW, comes after 32 years of service with the federal government. Wiggins has served as the State CIO since July 2016.
Wiggins is also a member of the Senior Foreign Service, joining the Foreign Service in 1985 and serving in Cairo, Egypt and Budapest.
While State Department CIO, Wiggins introduced an IT Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2017-2019, which aimed to modernize and improve the department’s IT infrastructure.
“The department’s IT strategic vision is to fulfill its diplomatic mission through a secure infrastructure and innovative technologies for our workforce,” Wiggins wrote of the plan. “It sounds simple enough, but we must think boldly to identify and implement forward-leaning solutions that support operational tempo and real-time diplomacy.”
Wiggins also led improvements in the State Department’s Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act grades, taking the agency from a “D-“ in December 2016 to a “C-“ on the most recent scorecard.
Wiggins’s retirement comes amid criticisms of the agency’s reorganization and issues with low morale.
Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer Robert L. Adams will assume responsibilities as Acting CIO after Wiggnins’s departure.