by CIO Staff

FBI Taps Darwin John for CIO Post

Aug 15, 20021 min

When the FBI set out to hire a new CIO, the agency sought someone who had political savvy and financial know-how, and offered the chance to help in the war on terrorism. The catch?the pay is far less than in the private sector. (See “Hero Wanted, Cheap,” at

Perhaps divine inspiration played a part in the search. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller on July 8 tapped Darwin A. John, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ top IT executive since 1990, as the bureau’s new CIO.

The Salt Lake City-based church is renowned for its website that lets visitors examine their genealogy from a database of 900 million names. Mueller hopes his new CIO can bring some of that knowledge management prowess to Washington.