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Luis Lopez Named Education Department CIO

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Luis Lopez, chief of operational services in the enterprise technology services division at the Department of Education, will assume the role of chief information officer at the department on Dec. 18.

Cindy Marten, deputy secretary of education, said in a statement published Friday Lopez has helped modernize the department’s information technology infrastructure to facilitate its transition to a remote and hybrid workforce and will bring to the role his experience in government IT services delivery.

Federal News Network reported that Lopez will succeed Jason Gray, who joined the U.S. Agency for International Development in August to serve as CIO, and will oversee efforts as the department works to adopt zero trust principles.

In 2017, Lopez joined the Education Department and served as director of enterprise technology services. In this role, he led the move from a 12-year IT service delivery contract to a new model to support software upgrades and infrastructure modernization initiatives.

Before joining the department, he served as chief engineer at the Defense Health Agency and chief of operations at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.