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Veteran federal IT manager Deborah Diaz has been named CIO of the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate.

Diaz, who had worked in the office of DHS CIO Steve Cooper, succeeds Bob Sheppard, who left the post to take a program manager job with Mitre Corp. of Bedford, Mass.

At Homeland Security, Diaz was the acting director of policy, management and enterprise architecture and also acting director of information application solutions.

Before joining DHS, Diaz was a deputy associate administrator at the General Services Administration, managing the FirstGov portal.

National Weather Service CIO Barry West will leave at the end of this week to take over as the Homeland Security Department's new line-of-business CIO for its Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate. He will at first split time between NWS and the directorate, which is the recently renamed Federal Emergency Management Agency.

NWS deputy CIO Larry Curran will be acting CIO.

President Bush has nominated Robert McFarland, a former Dell Inc. vice president, to be the next assistant secretary for information and technology at the Veterans Affairs Department. If approved by the Senate, McFarland would replace John Gauss, who resigned in June.

Edward Meagher, deputy CIO of VA, has been acting in the post since Gauss stepped down.

Ivan B. DeLoatch is the new staff director of the Federal Geographic Data Committee, a 19-member federal interagency group developing the National Spatial Data Infrastructure.

DeLoatch last served as chief of data acquisition for the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Information. The committee's secretariat is based in the Geographic Information Office of the Geological Survey.

Four former government IT executives have joined the government-market consultancy McConnell International of Washington. They are John Reece, former IRS CIO; Charles Self, former deputy commissioner of the Federal Technology Service; John Tritak, former director of the federal Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office; and retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. Gordon G. Pich', whose career included serving as the Coast Guard's director of personnel management.


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