The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted to advance the nomination of Jay Gibson to become the Defense Department's chief management officer.
If confirmed by the full Senate, Gibson, who currently serves as DOD's deputy chief management officer, will become the third most senior leader at DOD, per a provision in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which created the CMO role.
The full Senate overwhelmingly voted in November to confirm Gibson, the former president and chief executive of XCOR Aerospace, as DCMO.
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters in December that Gibson's work as CMO would focus on "doing a more full integration of the 'fourth estate' into the Department of Defense" and "shifting from service-led functions into more enterprise-led functions" in areas including human resources and finance.
Gibson is already leading DOD's effort to accelerate the department's migration to cloud services.