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Donald M. Kerr

Rhonda Joseph took the reins last week as Transportation Department chief enterprise architect, assuming the responsibilities Darren Ash had held as deputy associate CIO.

Ash, to whom Joseph reports, recently was promoted to associate CIO, IT investment management. Joseph began a detail role supporting Ash on EA activities in April.

The CIO's office hired Joseph from Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where she served as chief architect for the past four years. She also managed
e-government and IT security programs in the CIO's office there.

Donald M. Kerr has been appointed director of the National Reconnaissance Office, replacing Peter B. Teets, who also served as undersecretary of the Air Force.

NRO designs, builds and operates the country's reconnaissance satellites. The agency is staffed by Defense Department and CIA personnel, and funded through the National Reconnaissance Program.

Kerr previously worked as deputy director for science and technology at the CIA, and has been assistant director of the FBI, where he oversaw forensic examinations, the development of surveillance and tactical communications technologies, and support for law enforcement through research, training and operational deployments.

David Wooten, a retired Navy aviator and senior program manager, will start next week as director of the Veterans Affairs Department's new enterprise program management office. The office will oversee the department's largest and highest-risk IT projects to detect problems and ensure the projects' success.

Wooten, who retired from the Navy in June after a 30-year career, will have the title of associate deputy assistant secretary for policy, portfolio oversight and execution in VA's Office of Information and Technology.

The new office will review all major IT projects for best practices, such as independent validation and verification, to establish a governance environment ensuring their success, said VA CIO Robert McFarland.

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