VA names acting CIO to replace Gracey

VA names acting CIO to replace Gracey

JUNE 12'The Veterans Affairs Department on Friday has named Robert P. Bubniak acting chief information officer and acting principal deputy assistant secretary for information and technology.

Bubniak replaces Harold F. Gracey Jr., who joined FedBid.com of
Germantown, Md., as vice president for government affairs after a 30-year federal career [see story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no10a/news/1897-1.html].

In his new post, Bubniak will advise VA Secretary Togo D. West Jr. on mission-critical information and technology issues and manage a staff of 539 VA employees across the country. Other duties include managing IT assets for the department, which is one of the government's largest computer users, VA officials said.

Bubniak came to the department in 1998 as associate deputy assistant secretary for telecommunications. The department has not named his replacement. He had been the State Department's chief of telecommunications, wireless and data services. While there, he received the International Definity User Group's Award for Excellence for global telecommunications management.

The retired Army officer is past president of the Washington chapter of the Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association. He is in his second term as chairman of the Interagency Management Council and recently was appointed to the Government Information Technology Executive Council Board of Directors.

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