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Attanasio leaves Customs

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Updated 05/02/2013: Former Chief Information and Knowledge Officer Joe Attanasio has departed the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service (ACBPS), a spokesperson for the agency has confirmed.

His departure became effective as of 22 November 2012.

Attanasio's former Deputy, Megan Kelly, will be filling the role until a permanent replacement can be found.

Attanasio had been with the ACBPS, according to his (yet to be updated) LinkedIn profile, since March 2009. Prior to joining the agency he worked in the banking sector, with IT and service delivery roles at ANZ and Deutsche Bank.

His departure precedes an organisational restructure at the ACBPS, which today opened applications for a newly created Chief Technology Officer position.

Updated 05/02/2013: Customs has advised that the position of Chief Information and Knowledge Officer at the agency has been dissolved, and will be replaced by a Chief Technology Officer role at the SES Band 2 level.

 “The CTO will have a strong delivery focus and will partner with the business, portfolio agencies, vendors and external stakeholders to ensure the IT vision is strategically aligned to that of the business.

“They will be accountable for ensuring the information and data integrity of the agency’s enterprise systems and for all associated functions including computer systems, supporting infrastructure, communications networks (voice and data) and the IT service desk,” said the job advertisement.

The CTO will answer to the National Director, Support –another newly established position for which the agency is currently recruiting. He or she will also work closely with a National Director, Intelligence, the third brand new role which was opened up to applications today. Some of the resources currently within Custom’s Information Technology Division will be transitioned across to support the Intelligence functions.

The ACBPS executive structure can be viewed here...

In December last year Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare, announced that he had appointed a three-member Customs Reform Board charged with advising the agency on ways to eliminate corruption and criminal conduct within its border security operations.

The Board’s establishment followed on the heels of the arrest of eight people, including two Customs officers and another Federal Government official, over the importation of narcotics into Australia.

“Customs requires major structural and cultural reform. This includes improving its law enforcement capability, integrity culture and business systems,” Clare said in a statement.

It is likely that this restructure forms part of this agenda.

The restructure also comes as Customs prepares to market test its key ICT supply relationships, according to its latest annual report.

Its $207 million ICT outsourcing deal with IBM, which has now been in place for nearly six years, will expire in June according to AusTender.

Its ten year, $101 million telecommunications arrangement with Telstra will expire next month according to AusTender.

Considering the proximity of these expiry dates, it is likely that extension arrangments have been applied to these deals, but are yet to be posted on AusTender.

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