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NASA last month tapped its deputy systems chief, Patricia L. Dunnington, to take over as CIO. Dunnington had been deputy CIO since August 2002. She first came to work at NASA in 1982 as a presidential management intern in the Office of Aerospace Technology. She moved up the ranks of the agency's systems management, including a stint as CIO for the Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.

She replaces Lee Holcomb, who left the agency last summer to work with the White House homeland security team and is now chief technology officer of the Homeland Security Department.

Since Holcomb left for the White House job, Paul A. Strassmann, special assistant to the administrator for information, has been acting CIO. Strassmann will return to private consulting.

NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe had lured Strassmann back into public service from his first retirement. Strassmann was one of the government's original CIOs, leading IT management at the Defense Department during the 1990s.

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) has been named chairman of the new House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research and Development. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) is ranking minority member.

The undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics last month appointed three 'domain owners' to support implementation of DOD's soon-to-be-released financial management enterprise architecture.

Undersecretary Edward C. 'Pete' Aldridge'who has since announced that he will retire next month'named:
  • Diane K. Morales, deputy undersecretary for logistics and material readiness, as domain owner of logistics

  • Raymond F. DuBois, deputy undersecretary for installations and environment, as domain owner of installations and environment

  • Deidre A. Lee, director of procurement and acquisition policy, as domain owner of acquisition and procurement.

DOD officials have said the architecture will outline how 1,128 disparate financial systems and hundreds more feeder systems will be integrated into a single financial network.

Meanwhile, Aldridge will retire May 23 after a 42-year career that mixed jobs in DOD and the defense industry.

He toted up 18 years in Defense posts beginning as an operations research analyst at the Pentagon. He later was director of planning and evaluation. Aldridge also served as both deputy secretary and secretary of the Air Force during the Reagan administration.

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