CIO Council - Chief Information Officers Council - Beta


Mr. Frontis B. Wiggins III
Mr. Frontis B. Wiggins III

Chief Information Officer

U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC 20522-0906


Department of State

Frontis B. Wiggins, a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister-Counselor, is currently the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of State. As CIO, he is responsible for the Department’s information resources and technology initiatives which provides core information, knowledge management, and technology (IT) services to the Department of State and its 260 overseas Missions. He is directly responsible for the Information Resource Management (IRM) Bureau's budget of $569 million, and oversees State’s total IT/ knowledge management budget of approximately one billion dollars. Preceding his assignment as Acting CIO, Mr. Wiggins was the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer (PDCIO) of the Department.

He joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and served in Cairo, Egypt and Budapest prior to serving in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was the Director of RIMC Frankfurt, the Dean of the School of Applied Information Technology (SAIT) at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), the Director of Information Resource Management’s Messaging Systems Office, Division Chief for Operations for Enterprise Network Management, and the Associate Dean of SAIT at FSI. He later served in Hong Kong, Paris, and Beijing, where he was the Information Management Officer.

Mr. Wiggins holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of William and Mary, a Master's Degree in Information Systems from George Washington University, and is a member of the Alpha Iota Mu Honor Society. He is a member of the Chief Information Officer's University class of 2006 and has received numerous Meritorious and Superior Honor awards during his career, as well as being the first recipient of AFSA’s Tex Harris Award for constructive dissent in 2000. He speaks seven foreign languages with varying degrees of fluency.