In a posting on, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced it is looking for a new deputy Federal CIO to replace Maria Roat, who is retiring at the end of March.

Roat, who broke the retirement news in January, will leave a big hole in the Federal technology leadership ranks when she departs.

Following a 25-year career in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, she touched a lot of leadership bases through government since then including: CISO at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, chief of staff at Department of Homeland Security headquarters Office of CIO; director of the FedRAMP program; chief technology officer at the Department of Transportation; CIO at the Small Business Administration (SBA); and deputy Federal CIO, first with former Federal CIO Suzette Kent, and now with Federal CIO Clare Martorana.

Here’s what OMB is saying it takes to compete for the job:

OMB is asking that applicants submit narrative statements to address Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs) related to the position, and the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) related to all positions in the Senior Executive Service.

Among the MTQs to meet:

  • Expert knowledge of and experience with Federal information and IT policy and practices;
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of emerging IT and communication technology trends and their effects on policies, programs, and organizational performance;
  • Superior analytical ability, objectivity, and understanding, with demonstrated ability to resolve important, complex, and difficult management problems;
  • Superior negotiation and communication skills with respect to IT policy and technology issues;
  • Demonstrated ability in leading and working harmoniously with diverse groups and individuals ranging from junior staff to senior policy officials in OMB; and
  • Current understanding of the interagency CIO Council, Shared Service Governance Board, and Technology Modernization Fund initiatives.

ECQs for the role include leading change and people, being results-driven, having strong business acumen, and building coalitions and communications.

“The Office of Administration’s Human Resources Management Division will review all applications to determine if applicants meet the mandatory professional/technical qualifications of this position and the SES ECQs,” OMB said.

“Once a selection is made, the selectee’s application will be forwarded to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for approval by an OPM independent Qualifications Review Board, unless the selectee is a current SES executive or has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program,” the job posting says.

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