Lee returns to Pentagon

Deidre Lee, the Defense Department's procurement director, will soon be back in her old job, three months after she temporarily left to oversee reconstruction procurements in Iraq.

On Oct. 14, Lee left her post to advise the Coalition Provisional Authority on the best acquisition strategies. That role came to an end Wednesday, after Lee had helped manage more than $18 billion in requests for proposals for a wide range of reconstruction projects.

A Defense spokeswoman said Lee would be back in her Pentagon office within the next few weeks. Until then, Domenico C. Cipicchio, deputy director of policy in the DOD Procurement Office, will continue filling in.

When Lee returns, the management of the Iraq contracts will fall under the Army's control, officials said.

Although Lee was initially assigned to the agency for only 30 days, her tenure lasted about three months.

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