President Donald Trump has recently appointed a Leesville native as administrator of the Office of Electronic Government at the Office of Management and Budget.

Suzette Kuhlow Kent’s new position is known as the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), which oversees federal technology spending, federal IT policy, and strategic planning of all Federal IT investments.

The CIO is charged with establishing a government-wide enterprise architecture that ensures system interoperability, information sharing, and maintains effective information security and privacy controls across the Federal Government.

The White House stated in its announcement, “Ms. Kent is an industry leader of large-scale business transformation using technology, for the world’s most complex organizations.

“Although technology change has been at the core of her professional career, retooling the workforce and creating new opportunities for people has been an essential element of efforts that she has led. She has served as an enterprise leader for organizational learning, diversity and inclusiveness, and career development at every organization in which she has worked.”

Kent is looking forward to putting her accumulated skills and experiences together in her new position.

“As a citizen, I care passionately about the transformation agenda that is outlined in the technology modernization agenda, and I am honored to be allowed to serve our country through leveraging the skills, experiences and relationships that I have developed over my career,” Kent said in a recently released statement.

“The exciting part is that this mandate includes many of the same industrialization objectives, software solutions and transformation protocols that I have been working on for private sector clients and which will be a priority in the CIO role,” Kent said.

She will be the country's fourth CIO since the position’s creation by the E-Government Act of 2002. The position is appointed by the President and does not require Senate confirmation.

Kent will be taking over for Tony Scott, who retired from the role at the end of the Obama administration.

Currently a principal with the global accounting firm Ernest & Young, she is a 1986 graduate of Leesville High School. Kent received her bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing from Louisiana State University in 1990.

During her 27-year career Kent has been a managing partner at Accenture and worked in other capacities at JP Morgan and the Carreker Corp.