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Craig Luigart

Michael Sade

Craig Luigart, an IT leader at the Education Department since 1999, has moved over to the Veterans Affairs Department as associate deputy assistant secretary for policies, plans and programs.

He left Education July 1. He had been deputy CIO and chief technology officer. At VA, Luigart said, he will concentrate on enterprise transformation issues and governance, working under acting CIO Edward Meagher.

Luigart had been Education CIO until March, when he assumed the deputy CIO and CTO job. He also is Section 508 co-chairman for the Federal CIO Council and is federal spokesman on technology access for the physically challenged. Luigart is a disabled veteran and former Navy pilot.

The Senate has confirmed Joshua B. Bolten as Office of Management and Budget director, replacing Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., who left June 6 to run for governor of Indiana. The Senate earlier confirmed Clay Johnson as deputy director for management.

Before becoming OMB director, Bolten served as White House deputy chief of staff and is one of the Bush administration's top advisers on economic and domestic policy.

Michael Sade, the Commerce Department's director for acquisition management, has been named vice president of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management. He is the first non-IT person on the AFFIRM board.

Sade, who was the co-chairman of the Technology Subcommittee of the former Procurement Executives Council, is considered a leader in making sure acquisition issues are considered during the planning of IT systems, AFFIRM officials said.

Steven Ehrler can drop the word 'acting' from his title; he recently was named Navy program executive officer for IT. Ehrler had been acting PEO-IT since Joseph Cipriano retired from government last fall.

Ehrler recently represented the Navy's acquisition division in the Defense Department's Office of the Space Architect. In 1999, he took over as technical director of Navy PEO-IT and offered acquisition and technical guidance for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet program.

Foyt Ralston has been named chief of staff of Florida's State Technology Office.

Thomas J. Sugrue, who recently left the Federal Communications Commission as head of its Wireless Bureau, has joined T-Mobile USA Inc. of Bellevue, Wash., as the company's vice president of government affairs.

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