Richard A. Spires

Richard A. Spires is currently the CEO and Director, Learning Tree International, a leading provider of workforce development and hands-on IT and management training services.   

Mr. Spires was appointed and served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 2009 till 2013.  Mr. Spires also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government CIO Council and the Co-Chairman of the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS), the committee that sets standards for the US Government’s classified systems.

The Need to Improve Government IT: Lessons from Congress' Second Swing

From the processing of tax returns at the IRS, to payment of checks from the Social Security Administration, to advancing the state of science through supercomputers at the Department of Energy, to providing services to more than 10 million veterans at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, these and many other services from federal government agencies can only be accomplished through IT.  IT is at the core of much of the government’s response to the current COVID-19 efforts.  Federal Chief Information Officers and their teams and colleagues have provided significant leadership in advancing I

Richard A. Spires

Richard A. Spires was appointed in September 2009 to serve as the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO). In this capacity, Mr. Spires was responsible for the department’s $6.4 billion investment in Information Technology (IT). He lead and facilitated the development, implementation, and maintenance of the department’s IT architecture. Mr. Spires was the chairman of the DHS Chief Information Officer Council and the Enterprise Architecture Board.

CEO and Director
Learning Tree International

Richard A. Spires is currently the CEO and Director, Learning Tree International, a leading provider of workforce development and hands-on IT and management training services.   

Mr. Spires was appointed and served as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Chief Information Officer (CIO) from 2009 till 2013.  Mr. Spires also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Federal Government CIO Council and the Co-Chairman of the Committee for National Security Systems (CNSS), the committee that sets standards for the US Government’s classified systems.

Mr. Spires held a number of positions at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from 2004 through 2008.  He served as the Deputy Commissioner for Operations Support, having overall responsibility for the key support and administrative functions for the IRS.   Mr. Spires served as the IRS’ CIO, with overall strategic and operational responsibility for a $2 billion budget and a 7,000-person organization.  Mr. Spires led the IRS’s Business Systems Modernization program for two and half years, one of the largest and most complex information technology modernization efforts ever undertaken.  

From 2000 through 2003, Mr. Spires served as President, Chief Operating Officer, and Director of Mantas, Inc., a software company that provides business intelligence solutions to the financial services industry.  Prior to Mantas, Mr. Spires spent more than 16 years serving in a number of technical and managerial positions at SRA International.  

Mr. Spires received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.A. in Mathematical Sciences from the University of Cincinnati.  He also holds a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the George Washington University.  Mr. Spires has won a number of awards for his leadership in IT, to include the 2016 ACT-IAC Leadership Award, 2012 Fed 100 Government Executive Eagle Award, TechAmerica’s 2012 Government Executive of the Year, Government Computer News 2011 Civilian Government Executive of the Year and was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering in 2006.  

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