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The most important IT qualification is an IT education, since experience without foundational education is meaningless; having worked unqualified for years is not itself a qualification, just a condemnation of the employer. Would you trust your life to a doctor or a lawyer with no medical or legal education? An IT education means a BS or better (for higher positions) in an IT subject like computer science or electrical engineering (ideally both) from a good university. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

Trading security for IT incompetent diversity is a fool's bargain. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

A foreigner working in American IT is suspect, particularly in regards to qualifications and security; it makes one IT incompetent. And foreigners taking American jobs is just wrong. See Stop IT Incompetence page.

Alphabetical by organization, then alphabetical by last name of individual in the organization. Or just "Find". See also the other wings of the IT Incompetents Hall of Shame: Business ITIHOS or Media ITIHOS.

The IT Incompetents Hall of Shame will be continuously updated and there are enough IT incompetents to last for a long time to come; check back often.

CIA fake CIO John Edwards.

John Edwards



Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief Information Officer (CIO).

Fake IT education. Only a BASc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from ITT Technical Institute, a notorious for-profit college that was shut down for being a student loan scam, providing little educational value and worthless degrees (to employers who were even a little knowledgeable). No other college so essentially didn't even go to college.

On Edwards's watch, the CIA was hacked. He is outsourcing the CIA's IT to Amazon, which can hire whoever (e.g., Indians in India). Like the NSA, the CIA also hired high school dropout and traitor Edward Snowden and was hacked by him.

Former CIA fake CIO Doug Wolfe.

Doug Wolfe



Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) before John Edwards.

No IT education. Only a BS in mechanical engineering (mechanical engineering is no more IT -- electrical engineering and computer science -- than auto repair is brain surgery).

On Wolfe's watch, the CIA may have been hacked. He initiated outsourcing the CIA's IT to Amazon, which can hire whoever (e.g., Indians in India). Like the NSA, the CIA also hired high school dropout and traitor Edward Snowden and was hacked by him.

Leidos FBI fake CISO Arlette Hart.

Arlette Hart



Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Recently became Leidos Senior Technologist for Cybersecurity. Leidos is an IT incompetent corrupt government-business revolving door corporation (like Accenture) that does hundreds of millions of dollars worth of work for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and agencies such as the FBI and the NSA. Leidos changed its name from Science Applications International Corporation (SCAI) after some scandals (like Accenture). The FBI paid SCAI $122 million to write some software and according to the FBI -- then FBI Director Robert Mueller in fact -- the software just did not work.

No IT education. Only a BA in political science and history and an MA in American Govenrment (sic).

This one is personal. Hart was FBI CISO during the two massive health insurer data breaches my family was the victim of, which exposed our child to abduction. The FBI supposedly investigated but nothing ever came of it. I contacted the FBI about both cases but never even received a response from them, which is a clear violation of our rights to due process. See FBI Hacking Investigation Negligence Lawsuit, Part 1.

Enron-Andersen-Accenture-Fed fake CIO Suzette Kent.

Suzette Kent



Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO). Formerly worked in Financial Services for almost 15 years for Accenture, which provides IT services to the U.S. Government. Accenture used to be part of Arthur Andersen, a top-five accounting firm that worked for Enron but was dissolved, just after it spun off Accenture, after it was found criminally complicit in Enron's massive fraud. See Fed IT Run By Enron's Corrupt Accountant, IT Incompetent Accenture.

No IT education. Only a BA in journalism or advertising and marketing, depending on whether you believe Louisiana State University or her LinkedIn page, respectively (did she lie on her resume?).

The Federal CIO is the top IT job in the U.S. Government and so should have an advanced IT degree, not a BA in advertising and marketing. See You're Fired! Trump's Worst Hire Ever: IT Incompetent Fed CIO Suzie Kent. Moreover, Kent formerly worked in Financial Services for almost 15 years for Accenture, which provides IT services to the U.S. Government. Accenture used to be part of Arthur Andersen, a top-five accounting firm that worked for Enron but was dissolved, just after it spun off Accenture, after it was found criminally complicit in Enron's massive fraud. See Fed IT Run By Enron's Corrupt Accountant, IT Incompetent Accenture.

Enron-Andersen-Accenture-GSA fake CISO Nicole Dean.

Nicole Dean



General Services Administration (GSA) IT contractor Accenture Federal Services's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), essentially the outsourced "replacement" for the GSA's own IT incompetent CISO Kurt Garbars. Accenture Federal Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture, which used to be part of Arthur Andersen, a top-five accounting firm that worked for Enron but was dissolved, just after it spun off Accenture, after it was found criminally complicit in Enron's massive fraud. See Fed IT Run By Enron's Corrupt Accountant, IT Incompetent Accenture.

Fake IT education. Only a 1-year(!) MSM (Master of Science in Management) in information systems security from Colorado Technical University. Colorado Tech is not affiliated with the State of Colorado, it is a for-profit online university under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Education, much like the shuttered student-loan-scam ITT Technical Institute, where the CIA's CIO John Edwards got his only IT education.

The GSA notoriously does procurement, including IT services, for the U.S. Government. It has a history of lavish spending on itself (parties, etc.) and the handing out of contracts to cronies. Accenture Federal Services is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Accenture, which used to be part of Arthur Andersen, a top-five accounting firm that worked for Enron but was dissolved, just after it spun off Accenture, after it was found criminally complicit in Enron's massive fraud. See Fed IT Run By Enron's Corrupt Accountant, IT Incompetent Accenture.

General Services Administration's fake CISO Kurt Garbars.

Kurt Garbars



General Services Administration (GSA) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Now comfortably retired to Adelaide Australia where he teaches about drinking wine. The GSA essentially outsourced its CISO job to GSA IT contractor Accenture Federal Services's own IT incompetent CISO Nicole Dean.

No IT education. Only a BS in chemical engineering, an MBA (Master of Business Administration), a 1-year(!) Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1-year so can't be real) from the University of Dayton, and a Master's in viticulture and oenology.

The GSA notoriously does procurement, including IT services, for the U.S. Government. It has a history of lavish spending on itself (parties, etc.; did Garbars supply the wine?) and the handing out of contracts to cronies. The photo of Garbar drinking wine is from his own LinkedIn page, where many government and business personnel advertise themselves. If Garbars is comfortable with a photo of himself drinking on his LinkedIn page, there must really be a party atmosphere at the GSA. See Fed IT Run By Enron's Corrupt Accountant, IT Incompetent Accenture.

Booz NSA fake IT tech Edward Snowden.

Edward Snowden



National Security Agency (NSA) IT tech employed by IT contractor Booz Allen Hamilton when he hacked the NSA then fled to Russia to avoid capture and execution for espionage. Formerly a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) IT tech employed by Dell when he hacked the CIA undiscovered.

No IT education. A high school dropout.

In what has been called the worst espionage incident, and data breach, in U.S. history, Snowden, a Booz employee at the time, purposely went to work for the NSA so he would have access to top-secret documents to compliment the top-secret documents he had already stolen from the CIA while working there as an employee of Dell. See Booz Hacks Fed IT, Makes It Incompetent, Insecure, Bankrupt, which also discusses former Booz employees SEC data breach CISO Andrew Krug, SEC data breach CTO Chuck Riddle, and DHS Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra.

HHS and ES&S fake CISO Christopher Wlaschin.

Christopher Wlaschin



U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Resigned under a cloud and went through the government-business revolving door to become Vice President of Systems Security (CISO equivalent) for Election Systems & Software (ES&S), the leading manufacturer of electronic voting machines. ES&S voting machines are under investigation for being vulnerable to hackers and making election results questionable.

No IT education. Only a BS and MS in education from low-ranked universities.

HHS is responsible for HealthCare.gov, which is a cybersecurity fiasco. The same IT incompetence Wlaschin showed at HHS is now being applied to voting machine cybersecurity, at a time when the integrity of elections has never been more contentious.

Booz DHS fake cybersecurity official Jeanette Manfra.

Jeanette Manfra



U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity. Formerly worked for Booz Allen Hamilton -- the National Security Agency (NSA) IT contractor who gave us high school dropout and traitor Edward Snowden -- but went through the business-government revolving door.

No IT education. Only a BA in history and an MA in international relations.

Manfra is part of DHS's National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), which is tasked with protecting America's physical infrastructure, particularly its electrical grid, and its cyber infrastructure, particularly its Internet; see Handing Over America's Electrical Grid to the Russians. She has probably already risked national security by letting Facebook and its hackers read all her email. She doesn't know enough about cybersecurity to protect her own family -- she posts her maiden name, location, photos of her children, and a list of her parents/siblings/cousin, with photos, on her Facebook page. See Booz Hacks Fed IT, Makes It Incompetent, Insecure, Bankrupt, which also discusses former Booz employees SEC data breach CISO Andrew Krug and SEC data breach CTO Chuck Riddle. Incredibly, Manfra's salary is $171,291 according to FedsDataCenter.com.

DOI cybersecurity fiasco fake CIO Sylvia Burns.

Sylvia Burns



U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) cybersecurity fiasco Chief Information Officer (CIO). Now demoted to deputy CIO at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

No IT education. Only a BA in geology and an MS in business management.

In what has been called a cybersecurity fiasco, the DOI's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found the DOI's defenses against hacking to be severely lacking. Incredibly, Burns's salary was $187,000 according to FedsDataCenter.com. Even demoted to deputy CIO at the FDIC she is still dangerous and a waste of taxpayer money.

DOI cybersecurity fiasco fake CISO Larry Ruffin.

Larry Ruffin



U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) cybersecurity fiasco Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

No IT education. Despite Ruffin having an extensive LinkedIn page, he gives no information about his educational background, nor can any be found elsewhere, which almost certainly means he has no IT education (if he had any he would advertise it).

In what has been called a cybersecurity fiasco, the DOI's Office of Inspector General (OIG) found the DOI's defenses against hacking to be severely lacking.

VA fake CIO Camilo Sandoval.

Camilo Sandoval



U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Chief Information Officer (CIO).

No IT education. Only a BA in accounting and finance and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

The VA has seen scandal after scandal. In 2014 it was discovered that vets are dying waiting for medical care. Now vets are risking getting kicked out of college -- and their housing -- due to a delay in getting GI Bill benefits. A big part of the problem in both scandals is rampant IT incompetence at the VA. The only way to fix this is to appoint a VA CIO who is IT competent, not an executive wannabe. If you think IT incompetence is no big deal because no one really gets hurt, ask a vet how wrong you are.

OPM post data breach fake CIO David Garcia.

David Garcia



U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) post data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO).

No IT education. Only a BS in political science.

In one of the most massive data breaches of its time, previous OPM CIO Donna Seymour let hackers steal the very sensitive personnel records of millions of government employees, which is a continuing national security risk. Garcia was the replacement OPM CIO; apparently the U.S. Government will insist on being IT incompetent until it collapses.

OPM data breach dunce CIO Donna Seymour.

Donna Seymour



U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO). Now comfortably retired.

Little IT education. Only a BS in computer science (she claims) from low-ranked George Mason University, which is too little for an OPM CIO.

In one of the most massive data breaches of its time, Seymour let hackers steal the very sensitive personnel records of millions of government employees, which is a continuing national security risk. She refused to accept responsibility for the devastating consequences of her IT incompetence; in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary she insisted she did a great job. Incredibly, Seymour's salary was $183,300 according to FedsDataCenter.com.

USPS post data breach fake CISO Gregory Crabb.

Gregory Crabb



U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The USPS also considers itself a business (hence its website is usps.com).

No IT education. Only a BA in accounting from North Central College.

After the massive data breach the USPS allowed, Crabb was the replacement USPS CISO; apparently the U.S. Government will insist on being IT incompetent until it collapses. The USPS website is a programming fiasco. Workers at post offices routinely (and wisely) advise customers not to try to do anything using the USPS website. Besides being nearly unusable, the website is full of security holes. For example, it is not too difficult to arrange to view the mail others are receiving. The postal service is the original information technology of the U.S., founded by smart people (e.g., Benjamin Franklin). To think that it can successfully continue headed by incompetents is stupid and a dangerous waste of taxpayer money. Incredibly, Crabb's salary is $198,790 according to FedsDataCenter.com.

USPS post data breach fake CIO Kristin Seaver.

Kristin Seaver



U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO). The USPS also considers itself a business (hence its website is usps.com).

No IT education. Only a BS in industrial engineering and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

After the massive data breach the USPS allowed, Seaver was the replacement USPS CIO; apparently the U.S. Government will insist on being IT incompetent until it collapses. The USPS website is a programming fiasco. Workers at post offices routinely (and wisely) advise customers not to try to do anything using the USPS website. Besides being nearly unusable, the website is full of security holes. For example, it is not too difficult to arrange to view the mail others are receiving. The postal service is the original information technology of the U.S., founded by smart people (e.g., Benjamin Franklin). To think that it can successfully continue headed by incompetents is stupid and a dangerous waste of taxpayer money. Incredibly, Seaver's salary is $259,280 according to FedsDataCenter.com.

DOS fake IT tech Bryan Pagliano.

Bryan Pagliano



U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's IT tech.

No IT education. Only a BA in political science and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

Pagliano was responsible for the unsecured and illegal email server Hillary Clinton used that risked national security and cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.

U.S. Secret Service fake CIO Kevin Nally.

Kevin Nally



U.S. Secret Service Chief Information Officer (CIO). But the Secret Service essentially outsourced its CIO job to its IT contractor LookingGlass Cyber Solutions's own IT incompetent CIO Allan Thomson.

No IT education. Only a BS in agronomy and crop science from Eastern Kentucky University and a Master's in ship building from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

The Secret Service protects the President's life. These days that is largely an intelligence matter that requires advanced IT, so the Secret Service CIO should have an advanced IT degree, not degrees in farming and ship building. The Secret Service essentially outsourced its CIO job but to a foreigner with a not much better IT education; see Secret Service Outsources IT to IT Incompetent Foreign-Influenced Company (as well as Secret Service, Spectre Hacker Threatens Trump With God's Justice). Good luck Mr. President.

U.S. Secret Service IT contractor LookingGlass Cyber Solutions's dunce Britis\
h CIO Allan Thomson.

Allan Thomson



U.S. Secret Service IT contractor LookingGlass Cyber Solutions's Chief Information Officer (CIO) equivalent, essentially the outsourced "replacement" for the Secret Service's own IT incompetent CIO, Kevin Nally.

Little IT education. Maximum a BS in computer science from the low-ranked University of Glasgow.

Foreigner: British. BS from the University of Glasgow, and British universities are well-known for Russian agents.

The Secret Service protects the President's life. These days that is largely an intelligence matter that requires advanced IT, so the Secret Service CIO, which is essentially Thomson, should have an advanced IT degree, which Thomson certainly does not. Besides foreigners taking American jobs being just wrong, there are severe security risks from a foreigner protecting the President. See Secret Service Outsources IT to IT Incompetent Foreign-Influenced Company (as well as Secret Service, Spectre Hacker Threatens Trump With God's Justice). Good luck Mr. President.

Bandit-masked clown stand-in for Booz SEC data breach fake CISO Andrew Krug.

Andrew Krug



U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Formerly worked for Booz Allen Hamilton -- the National Security Agency (NSA) IT contractor who gave us high school dropout and traitor Edward Snowden -- but went through the business-government revolving door.

No IT education. The only information about Krug that can be found is on LinkedIn, the most important place for workers to connect for government and business jobs. For education he gives two second-rate universities but no degrees or majors for them. That almost certainly means he has no IT education since if he had any he would advertise it there. Update: An FOIA request to the SEC finally revealed that, as predicted, Krug only has a BA in economics and an MS in management.

For years the SEC has been warned that it was vulnerable to cyberattack. Krug was SEC CISO during the SEC data breach. The SEC just awarded Booz Allen Hamilton, where Krug used to work, a $2.5 billion 10-year IT (which includes cybersecurity) contract even though Booz was responsible for Snowden and its own data breach that exposed thousands of military emails to hackers. Being SEC CISO, Krug would have been involved in this IT contract award and, combined with Chuck Riddle, SEC data breach CTO, being a former Booz employee as well, it seems like Krug was working for Booz in exchange for a higher-paying job with Booz later. See Booz Hacks Fed IT, Makes It Incompetent, Insecure, Bankrupt, which also discusses former Booz employee DHS Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra.

Booz SEC fake CIO Chuck Riddle.

Chuck Riddle



U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chief Information Officer (CIO). Formerly worked for Booz Allen Hamilton -- the National Security Agency (NSA) IT contractor who gave us high school dropout and traitor Edward Snowden -- but went through the business-government revolving door.

No IT education. Only a BA in communications (the dumb jock major not telecommunications) and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

For years the SEC has been warned that it was vulnerable to cyberattack. Riddle was SEC Chief Technology Officer (CTO) during the SEC data breach. The SEC just awarded Booz Allen Hamilton, where Riddle used to work, a $2.5 billion 10-year IT (which includes cybersecurity) contract even though Booz was responsible for Snowden and its own data breach that exposed thousands of military emails to hackers. Being SEC CIO, Riddle would have been involved in this IT contract award and, combined with Andrew Krug, SEC data breach CISO, being a former Booz employee as well, it seems like Riddle was working for Booz in exchange for a higher-paying job with Booz later. See Booz Hacks Fed IT, Makes It Incompetent, Insecure, Bankrupt, which also discusses former Booz employee DHS Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette Manfra.