Vance Hitch, Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer, Department of Justice (DOJ)

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Saturday, December 31, 2005

Vance Hitch has served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer of the Department of Justice (DOJ) since 2002. He has over 34 years of experience in successfully leading government organizations through major change initiatives.

At DOJ, he is responsible for spearheading and implementing the effective, efficient acquisition and management of information technology (IT) across the Department. He manages its $3 billion IT programs, providing oversight and strategic guidance to the components within the Department, as well as major internal investments that serve its more than 115,000 DOJ employees. Mr. Hitch also advises the Deputy Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Administration in the management of IT infrastructure across the approximately 2,000 locations in 500 U.S. cities where the Department has assets.

During his tenure with the Department, Mr. Hitch has pushed for the use of innovative procurement approaches, initiated major Department-wide IT solutions, and helped stabilize problematic programs. Mr. Hitch has instituted new funding models as well as organizational and process improvements to increase IT effectiveness and efficiency. He established the Department IT Investment Review Board (DIRB), chaired by the Deputy Attorney General, and developed and implemented a process for DIRB Certification of IT programs greater than $100 million.

Prior to DOJ, Mr. Hitch was a Senior Partner with Accenture. At Accenture, he managed major practice areas as well as specific programs for over 28 years, included the design, development, and integration of major technology initiatives in government.

Mr. Hitch earned a Masters of Systems Management from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Muhlenberg College. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1969 to 1973, attaining the rank of lieutenant.

Vance Hitch has served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer of the Department of Justice since April 2002.
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