Message from Commerce Secretary Pritzker
Steve Cooper officially started his post on June 16. Secretary Penny Pritzker sent this message to Commerce Department employees welcoming the new CIO:
I am pleased to announce that Steve Cooper will become the next Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Commerce. In this role, Steve will lead the development and implementation of our enterprise-wide information technology (IT) strategy and operations. He will oversee the building and operation of a robust program for managing risk within enterprise IT security. Steve will also serve as a strategic adviser on mission and business IT systems and services. He will be the principal adviser to bureau leadership and to our next Deputy Secretary, to whom he will report. Steve is one of the most accomplished CIOs in the federal government, and we are happy to have him join the Commerce team. He comes to us with extensive federal and private sector experience, serving as the first CIO at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS, he played a pivotal role in developing and implementing the Department's IT strategy, and he oversaw the creation of DHS enterprise networks. Steve led the Department's strategic vision for IT services and guided the implementation of the unclassified and classified networks at DHS. Steve also served in CIO roles at the Federal Aviation Administration, American Red Cross, and Corning, Inc. I look forward to working with Steve and the rest of his team to ensure all Commerce technology investments are mission-focused and business-driven—key priorities in our Department's Strategic Plan.