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Richard A. Spires


Richard A. Spires is currently the CEO of Learning Tree, International, a leading provider of workforce development solutions and IT and management training.

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 after having served as the IRS’ CIO.

Prior to his government service, Mr. Spires spent more than 20 years serving in a number of technical and managerial positions at SRA International and Mantas Corporation.    

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, Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Engineering in 2006, and named to the George Washington University Engineering Hall of Fame in 2019.