Former Microsoft Government Technology Advisor Richard McKinney was appointed CIO of the U.S. Department of Transportation. He started on Monday, May 13.

McKinney, a former CIO of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville/Davidson County, Tenn., most recently served as a senior fellow with the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology.

The Center for Digital Government and Government Technology magazine are separate entities owned by parent company e.Republic Inc.

In his new role, McKinney serves as principal technology adviser to current U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx has been nominated by President Barack Obama to follow LaHood, who announced in January that he would step down as secretary upon confirmation of his successor. The U.S. Senate has yet to confirm Foxx.

"This is an exciting time in government IT with all of the new possibilities ushered in by cloud computing, mobility and shared services,” McKinney said in a prepared statement to Government Technology. “Internal business needs as well as public expectations are requiring government to rethink how they effectively manage, deliver and secure digital services and information. I am looking forward to the work and the challenges that lie ahead and the opportunity to work with the entire team at DOT.”

McKinney has almost 30 years of technology experience working in both the public and private sectors. He attended Ohio State University and Tennessee State University.

Main image from Shutterstock.

Brian Heaton  |  Senior Writer

Brian Heaton is a senior writer for Government Technology. He primarily covers technology legislation and IT policy issues. Brian started his journalism career in 1999, covering sports and fitness for two trade publications based in Long Island, N.Y. He's also a member of the Professional Bowlers Association, and competes in regional tournaments throughout Northern California and Nevada.