Written by John Hewitt Jones
The Small Business Administration has named Stephen Kucharski as acting chief information officer.
Kucharski succeeds the agency to Luis Campudoni, who has returned to the position of deputy director of information.
Kucharski has been with SBA for 23 years, including 13 years as a senior executive. He led a team responsible for supporting SBA’s Guarantee Lending programs and also led the delivery of SBA’s Office of Capital Access programs systems for acts such as the Recovery Act and CARES Act, as well as the American rescue plan.
In the role of CIO, Kucharski’s responsibilities will include harmonizing the agency’s use of cloud services and continuing advancements in cybersecurity and network modernization across SBA’s national sites.
Campudoni took over as interim CIO earlier this year in February following the departure of Keith Bluestein. Campudoni joined the Department of Homeland Security where he previously held senior technology positions.
In its latest strategic plan, the agency set a key goal of increasing its IT maturity rating, which it intends to achieve in part by improving the IT satisfaction rate reported by small businesses that work with the department.
In its previous strategic plan, the agency identified the implementation of an IT business partnership program and the consolidation of multiple siled support services as key priorities as primary objectives. He also highlighted the importance of using robotic process automation and artificial intelligence to identify and automate business processes wherever possible.
An SBA spokesperson confirmed the nomination, which was first reported by Federal News Network.