Former State Department (CA/CST) Official Greg Ambrose Dies

Posted: 3:32 pm PT
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Via FCW:

Greg Ambrose, who served as a senior IT official at the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State and Veterans Affairs, has died, FCW confirmed.

“It is with great sadness that we learned this morning of the passing of Greg Ambrose,” read an email message distributed to staff by the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ambrose’s former employer.

The cause of death could not be definitively confirmed, but in the early hours of May 3, Ambrose posted an apparent farewell message on Facebook. Shortly thereafter, a spokesperson for the Arlington County Police Department confirmed, a suicide occurred in the immediate vicinity of the Arlington, Va., address from which Ambrose had posted.

VA officials did not return requests for comment, and a State Department official said that, “out of respect for the privacy of Mr. Ambrose’s family, we have no information to share.”

Read in full here.

Ambrose left his CST job in June 2015 and when we asked him about his successor and ConsularOne, he told us that his then deputy Ken Reynolds would lead the charge maintaining continuity enabling the ConsularOne team to continue on the current path.  He moved to VA where he was deputy CIO for product development but left after five months. He told FCW in October 2015 that he was stepping down from that job to work in the private sector.

Before he came to the State Department, he was the Department of Homeland Security’s CIO for the US-VISIT program. Ambrose earned a 2013 Federal 100 award for his work at DHS: “In his first year on the job, Ambrose revamped the way IT and biometric services are planned, developed and delivered to stakeholders of DHS’ U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program, one of the largest biometric databases in the world.”

Rest in peace, Greg.


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