DLA taps new CIO, adds duties to job

DLA taps new CIO, adds duties to job

Overseeing DLA's electronic business is one of Joanne Piper Arnette's new duties.

Agency names Arnette to position, says multifaceted job will focus on electronic business tasks

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

The Defense Logistics Agency's new chief information officer has a more wide-ranging role than her predecessor, with an emphasis on electronic business initiatives.

Joanne Piper Arnette, former deputy CIO of the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), this month became DLA's director of information operations.

Army Lt. Gen. Henry T. Glisson, DLA's director, announced the appointment along with a realignment of information technology functions, including CIO functions, DLA spokesman Daniel McGinty said.

Carla A. von Bernewitz left the DLA systems post last month to take a job at Electronic Data Systems Corp. (see interview, Page 16).

Besides electronic business initiatives, Arnette will be responsible for systems program management, field information operations and document automation. Arnette ultimately could also incur responsibility for the Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office.

Senior Defense Department officials have wanted to place the office under the purview of one agency, McGinty said. Defense launched JECPO as a joint DLA and Defense Information Systems Agency effort.

But DLA also might spin off some responsibilities. Defense Department brass are considering making the Defense Contract Management Command, which performs contract administration functions for DOD, a separate agency.

'I am excited to be joining the DLA,' said Arnette, who began working for DOD in 1979. 'Its tremendous track record of innovation, application of technology and dedication to its customers makes it the place to be.'

Arnette has worked for the Army and DFAS, in addition to DISA, where she won accolades as director of the DOD Software Reuse Program.

She joined DFAS in July 1998 and was principal architect for the DFAS Corporate Information Infrastructure, the Defense agency's major systems integration and standardization effort.

Other changes on DLA's information operations staff highlight the agency's efforts to expand electronic transactions:

' Mae De Vincentis is now executive director for business applications. She had been executive director of defense logistics support for Command Region I.

' Nancy Johnson, director of the Joint Total Asset Visibility Office, is now responsible for e-business.

' Marshall Bailey is director of the new DLA Support Services organization.

He adds this to his responsibilities as director of the Defense Automation and Production Service. The service was formerly known as the Defense Automated Printing Service.

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