Pesachowitz announces retirement; EPA names new IT boss

Pesachowitz announces retirement; EPA names new IT boss

By Christopher Dorobek

GCN Staff

MARCH 21—The Environmental Protection Agency has named Edwin A. Levine deputy assistant administrator for the newly created Office of Environmental Information and the agency's chief information officer.

EPA's first CIO, Al Pesachowitz, said he will retire in June, then work in the private sector. Until then, Pesachowitz will take an assignment in the chief financial officer's office, according to a memo obtained by GCN.

Levine hails from Florida, where he has worked for six years in the Governor's Office of Policy and Budget on a variety of information technology issues. For several years, he was staff director for the Joint Legislative Committee on IT in the Florida legislature. Levine will join EPA April 3.

Pesachowitz said he has spoken to Levine and that the new CIO is looking forward to being an active member of the CIO Council.

Levine will be EPA's first CIO since it reorganized its IT shop. The agency has been trying to correct a series of data management problems [see story].

Pesachowitz had sought the position in the CFO's office as he prepared to leave EPA. In his interim role, he will provide analysis and recommendations on ways to streamline the business operations of EPA's Working Capital Fund.

In the memo, EPA Administrator Carol M. Browner praised Pesachowitz's service to EPA. "Al [has] provided direction that strengthened information programs throughout the government. Through his knowledge of the agency and its management programs as well as his network with other agency CIOs, Al has provided invaluable advice to the agency in the fast-paced world of information technology," Browner stated.

Pesachowitz is the second senior IT official to leave EPA this month. He joined the agency in 1971 and was appointed acting deputy assistant administrator in 1995. He was the first vice chairman of the CIO Council. Jerry Slaymaker earlier stepped down after 36 years at EPA [see story at].


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