|By PR Newswire||
|May 21, 2009 11:46 AM EDT||
"I am proud to be able to serve our country and our Nation's Veterans," Baker said. "Technology is a key component in achieving President Obama's and Secretary Shinseki's vision of a 21st century VA.
"While this will certainly be a challenging position, I look forward to working with the 6,500 VA IT employees as we strive to provide our internal customers and our Veteran clients with the best IT services in government," he added.
As assistant secretary, Baker will serve as VA's chief information officer (CIO), advising Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Baker is the former president and CEO of Dataline, LLC, a technology company, and was the CIO for the Department of Commerce from 1998 to 2001. Before joining the federal government in 1998, his career with software and Internet firms included leading development of online banking systems at VISA International. He was a senior executive at CACI International and General Dynamics.
During the presidential transition, Baker served on the technology and Veterans agency review teams. Active in the federal technology community, he has written extensively on improving the management and results of government IT investments. He served as vice chair of an IT industry advisory council transition study group.
Baker holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and a master's degree in business administration from the
SOURCE U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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