The Treasury appoints a new technical leader – Training and development

The Federal Treasury has appointed Heath Axelby its new permanent chief information officer after a six-month stint as acting chief technical officer.

Axelby took the top job on a permanent basis earlier this month after a short executive search.

He has been the Acting Assistant Secretary of the Information Services Branch since former IT Director Mike Webb became the Assistant Secretary of the Department’s Major IT Projects Branch in April 2021.

Both branches fall under the Chief Operating Officer’s Division within the Corporate and Foreign Investment Group.

Webb spent two and a half years as CIO, replacing Eamonn Rooney in an official capacity in November 2018.

Rooney is now a delivery transformation manager in Defense’s ICT delivery division, which as of last month has been led by another former Treasury CIO, Peter Alexander.

A department spokesperson said Axelby “brings a wealth of experience to the role”, having joined the Treasury in July 2018.

It’s unclear what role Axelby held in the department before becoming acting chief information officer last year.

In the past fiscal year, the Treasury implemented a new Federal Payments Management System to automate agency payments to states and territories.

Other IT projects undertaken in recent years include a desktop modernization project, according to the Treasury’s latest annual report.

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