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The Defense Department has appointed Dr. Paul A. Tibbits director of one of its largest modernization projects.

The former Navy commander has taken the helm of the Business Modernization and Systems Integration Program Office.

Tibbits will manage the Business Management Modernization Program, seeking to eliminate redundant and incompatible financial systems. BMMP is supposed to whittle down more than 2,500 financial systems to fit an enterprise architecture being developed by IBM Corp.

Tibbits served in the Navy for 26 years, finishing his career as commanding officer of the Navy Medical Information Management Center and as CIO for Navy medicine.

Before this assignment, Tibbits ran a consulting company and was lead consultant to the Presidential Task Force on Health Care Reform for Veterans.

He has a bachelor's degree in biology from Loyola University and a doctorate in medicine from Tulane University.

Douglas T. Robinson, who has been a top IT official in Kentucky for the last dozen years and before that worked for NASA, this week becomes the new executive director of the National Association of State CIOs.

Robinson, who's been an active NASCIO member, most recently was executive director for the Kentucky Office of Policy and Customer Relations in the governor's Office of Technology. Before that, he directed the state's IRM Commission and Office of Geographic Information Systems.

From 1977 to 1992, he worked for NASA's Technology Applications Center at the University of Kentucky.

He replaced Elizabeth Miller VanMeter.

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