Scott Blackburn, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has been appointed to serve as VA’s chief information officer and assistant secretary for information and technologyÂ on an interim basis, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
Blackburn will succeedÂ Rob Thomas, who is due to retire in October after more than 35 years of federal government service.
Thomas was namedÂ CIO of the department when LaVerne Council left the post in January due to the change in administration.
Blackburn joined VA in 2014 and led theÂ MyVA Task ForceÂ with the goal toÂ optimizeÂ customer service for the country’s military veterans.
He served as a partner at management consulting firmÂ McKinsey and Company, where he supported customers’Â transformational change programs in areas such as manufacturing, purchasing, organizational design, leadership development, supply chain and others.