CIO shift at DOD; multiple personnel changes at OMB

John Stenbit

Dan Chenok

Last week the Bush administration announced major personnel changes at the Defense Department and the Office of Management and Budget.

Although Defense CIO John Stenbit has yet to set a date for his retirement, President Bush nominated Francis Joseph Harvey to take his place when Stenbit does step down. Harvey is vice chairman of Duratek Inc., a Columbia, Md., company that provides radioactive waste services. He previously was chief operating officer of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s industries and technology group.

Meanwhile at OMB:
  • Dan Chenok, branch chief for information policy and technology in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, will leave to join SRA International Inc.

  • Tad Anderson, portfolio manager for the government-to-business Quicksilver projects, was promoted to associate administrator for e-government and IT.

  • David Safavian of the General Services Administration has been tapped as the next administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.

  • Chenok will start at SRA of Fairfax, Va., early next year as vice president and director of policy and management strategies. He is a 13-year veteran of OIRA. The administration has not named his replacement.

    Anderson said that in his newly created position, he will assume some of the management duties of former chief technology officer Norm Lorentz as well as some oversight of the 25
    e-government initiatives. He has been at OMB for two years and before that he was a management consultant at IBM Corp.

    Safavian, chief of staff at GSA since July 2002, would replace Angela Styles, who returned to industry in September.

    The Senate must confirm Safavian. There could be a battle if lawmakers want to use the confirmation process to draw attention to complaints they have with the administration's competitive-sourcing policy, said Larry Allen, executive vice president of the Coalition for Government Procurement of Washington.

    Before joining GSA, Safavian was chief of staff for Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) and was a managing partner for Janus-Merritt Strategies LLC, a Washington government relations and lobbying firm.

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