Cybersecurity Chief Quits After Unusual Contract Expires

    Date27 Sep 2006
    CategoryGovernment
    5432
    Posted ByBrittany Day
    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 total budget. 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.

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