Bush announces pick for homeland CIO

President Bush on Wednesday nominated Steven Cooper as the chief information officer for the new Homeland Security Department.

Cooper currently serves as special assistant to the president and senior director for information integration in the White House Office of Homeland Security. He has been spearheading efforts alongside Mark Forman, the head of information technology at the White House Office of Management and Budget, to consolidate the tech systems for the 22 federal agencies that will become part of Homeland Security.

Before his White House service, Cooper was the chief information officer for Corporate Staffs and the executive director of strategic information delivery at Corning. He also served as director of corporate information systems at the pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly.