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John Gauss

Veterans Affairs Department CIO John Gauss, a retired Navy rear admiral who has led VA's IT efforts for the last two years, has resigned, effective June 29, citing personal reasons for his departure. During his tenure at VA, he oversaw the department's development of an enterprise architecture, consolidation of IT systems and institution of security measures. Deputy CIO Edward Meagher will take over as acting CIO, a VA spokesman said.

Gauss, who came to the VA in July 2001 after retiring from a 32-year career in the Navy, said he was honored to be part of an organization that puts veterans first.

'We have built an enterprise architecture that everyone can be proud of,' he said. 'More importantly, we have made great progress in turning that architecture into reality.'

Previously, he was commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. He directed the development, acquisition and management of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems for the Navy. He also selected joint service programs for development with the Marine Corps.

The Homeland Security Department has brought in David Childs, an Office of Management and Budget senior procurement policy specialist, to kick-start its competitive sourcing program. Childs is on detail for three months to help the department build its infrastructure and consider privatizing some federal jobs.

Homeland Security inherited a handful of public-private competitions under OMB Circular A-76 when its 22 agencies merged. DHS' goal is to finish its jobs inventory by the end of this month and then start developing plans to compete jobs, Childs said.

Mark Greaves has taken over as program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Agent Markup Language project. Greaves, who has worked at DARPA since 2001, has led the agency's UltraLog Project and its Advanced Logistics Project. He succeeds Murray A. Burke, who will provide technical assistance to DARPA's Information Processing Technology Office.

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