The Department of Homeland Security was built from two dozen "component" organizations--the Coast Guard, the Secret Service, and others--and IT silos were an inevitable result. CIO Richard Spires is looking to consolidate and simplify the IT infrastructure that serves them all.
Job No. 1 is to consolidate 24 data centers down to two, a project that is under way. That hands-on experience makes Spires somewhat of an expert at data center consolidation, which explains why he was selected to lead the government-wide Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, which aims to eliminate 800 data centers by 2015. Spires also plans to build an enterprise operations center that will give network administrators a more complete and real-time view of IT operations across the agency. And he's looking to provide enterprise-wide services, such as email, to DHS components.