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Scott Hastings

Donna Bucella

Scott Hastings, CIO of the Homeland Security Department's U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program, has announced plans to retire in October or November, according to a program official.

Hastings is eligible to retire now, according to DHS spokeswoman Anna Hinken. Hastings expects to move to a job in private industry, according to an e-mail he released.

The General Services Administration has tapped Claire Dorrell as its new deputy associate administrator for communications within the agency's Office of Citizen Services and Communications.

Dorrell joins GSA after serving as the Office of Personnel Management's director of special projects. In that role, Dorrell created OPM's speakers' bureau and helped promote civil service.

In her new position, Dorrell will report to David Bethel, who was named head of OCSC after Mary Joy Pizzella left earlier this year.

President Bush has nominated Robert Howard to be assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for Information and Technology and CIO.
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Howard has been senior adviser to VA deputy secretary Gordon Mansfield since May 2005. But he has performed many CIO duties since VA secretary Jim Nicholson named him supervisor of the Office of Information and Technology after former CIO Robert McFarland left at the end of April. Howard's nomination will require Senate approval.

Alan Balutis has joined Cisco Systems Inc. as a distinguished fellow and director of its North American public sector consulting business.

Balutis stepped down Aug. 3 as president and CEO of government strategies for market research firm Input Inc. of Reston, Va.

The Government Accountability Office named Michael Golden as the new chief of its general counsel's Procurement Law Office.

Golden replaces Daniel Gordon, who was promoted to be GAO's deputy general counsel earlier this year.

Donna Bucella, director of the multi-agency Terrorist Screening Center, will be leaving her post for a senior position with Bank of America of Charlotte, N.C.

Bucella will begin her new role in mid-October, the company announced.

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