The United States International Trade Commission has confirmed Keith Vaughn as chief information officer (CIO) after he served as acting CIO during 2018.

The USITC is an independent, fact-finding federal agency, which investigates and makes determinations in proceedings involving imports claimed to injure a domestic industry or violate US intellectual property rights.

As CIO, Vaughn, who is based in Washington and reports to USITC chairman David Johanson, is the principal IT executive for the agency and will direct and manage all its IT activities.

Vaughn took over responsibility for the agency’s IT activities following the retirement of Kirit Amin, who had served as CIO since December 2014.

While serving as acting CIO from January to September last year, Vaughn managed the agency’s IT budget, worked with offices throughout the agency to ensure that their technology requirements were met, strengthened the overall agency’s network security, and directed IT modernisation efforts.

Vaughn joined the USITC in 2011 as its chief data architect. While in that position, he provided guidance and input in the development of all USITC’s data-related systems.

Prior to his government service, Vaughn was a senior government contractor with several private sector firms, including The Ambit Group, SI International and Zen Technology.