Sept. 22, 2006
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration's cybersecurity chief, who
worked under an unusual agreement with a private university that does
extensive business with the office he manages, is leaving his job.
Donald ``Andy'' Purdy Jr. will step down as acting director of the
National Cyber Security Division, part of the Department of Homeland
Security. A government spokesman, Jarrod Agen, declined to comment on
Purdy's plans, but colleagues circulated an invitation to his farewell
party next week.
Purdy worked at Homeland Security under a two-year contract with
Carnegie Mellon University that expires Oct. 3. Under the contract, the
government paid Purdy $245,481 in salary and benefits each year, not
including travel reimbursements; Carnegie Mellon paid him an additional
$43,320 a year.
His contract drew congressional scrutiny after The Associated Press
reported in June that Purdy's cybersecurity division has paid Carnegie
Mellon $19 million in contracts this year, almost one-fifth the unit's
Purdy, who controlled a budget of about $107 million and as many as 44
full-time federal employees, said at the time he was not involved in
discussions over his own office's business deals with the school.
Agen said Purdy's job was being converted to a full-time federal
position -- which would pay an annual salary of about $130,000 -- but
Agen could not say whether Purdy was a candidate for that job. He said
the government was in the final stages of hiring Purdy's replacement.
Earlier this week, the government announced it has selected trade
industry executive Greg Garcia as the department's new assistant
secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications. He will oversee the
division and the hiring of Purdy's successor. Garcia did not respond to
telephone messages from the AP.
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