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Profile: Rick Holgate, ATF CIO

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Rick Holgate
Rick Holgate

Rick Holgate serves as assistant director for science and technology and chief information officer at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

He is responsible for strategy, planning, managing and delivering information technology and information services, financial investigative services and laboratory services throughout the ATF.

Holgate, a public and private sector veteran, previously served as an executive assistant director at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, a position he started in 2007.

He oversaw IT service delivery to the agency’s 2,400 employees and oversaw its transition to the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet.

He also managed the agency’s application portfolio, led IT strategy and planning and also oversaw the integration of information management functions with the Defense Department, the Navy Department and other organizations at the federal, state and local level.

Prior to that position, he served as NCIS’ assistant director for IT and command information officer, starting in 2004.

Before joining NCIS, he served as a senior manager at BearingPoint, where he held an eight-year career and served in positions involving project management, team management and business development.

His clients included Defense Department components such as the Navy Department and he worked IT, Navy staff, logistics and financial management organizations.

Holgate also led a review of NCIS’ mission and activities in 2002 and worked with the agency’s modernization and leadership teams, first as a contractor and then as command information officer.

Before BearingPoint, Holgate worked at MITRE Corp. and worked with Air Force, Army and intelligence customers on base realignment and closure, environmental restoration, chemical weapons demilitarization and arms control verification.

Holgate is a Project Management Professional and is a member of the Project Management Institute, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, the Navy League, the Naval Institute, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and both a master’s and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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