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The Transportation Security Administration has chosen Justice Department systems executive David Zeppieri to be its CIO.

He will begin working at TSA in mid-July.

Zeppieri now is CIO of the Information Resources Management Division of Justice's Office of Justice Programs. He will succeed Pat Schambach, who left TSA to join PEC Solutions Inc.

Jonathan Womer, an Office of Management and Budget policy analyst who worked mainly on IT issues, will start a new position as an assistant state budget officer for IT with North Carolina on July 12.

He will serve as liaison between state agencies and the IT Services Office and assist departments with hardware and software purchases. He will also coordinate with and assist the IT office with technology management implementation, review and conduct cost-benefit analyses, and make IT budget recommendations.

During his nearly five years at OMB, Womer ran the government-to-citizen Quicksilver project portfolio and dealt with e-authentication and Government Paperwork Elimination Act issues in OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He helped guide successful projects such as the Labor Department's and the IRS' Free File e-government initiatives through the first year of development.

Most recently, Womer led the Interagency Committee on Government Information.

Veterans Affairs Department cybersecurity chief Bruce Brody has left to take a position as associate CIO for cybersecurity at the Energy Department.

Brody formed the Office of Cyber Security when he joined VA in 2001 to correct the many security weaknesses at the department. He has established a comprehensive security regime, including the automated Security Configuration and Management Program, which follows installation of antivirus software and the upgrade of the departmentwide Central Incident Response Capability. Under his leadership, VA has also reduced the number of IP addresses and gateways to the Internet it uses.

Pedro Cadenas Jr., Brody's deputy, will serve as acting associate deputy assistant secretary for cyber and information security, a VA spokesman said.

Arthur Pyster, the Federal Aviation Administration's deputy CIO since 1999 and deputy assistant administrator for information services, has resigned to join the private sector. Pyster was instrumental in helping to drive an enterprise architecture and ensure security of air traffic control systems.

Prior to assuming the deputy position, Pyster was the agency's chief scientist for software engineering.


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