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Tina Westby Jonas recently won confirmation as the Defense Department's new comptroller, after her nomination had lagged in the Senate for four months.

President Bush nominated the Virginia resident in mid-March to replace Dov Zakheim, who resigned as comptroller in April to accept a job as vice president of Booz, Allen, Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va. In April, Larry Lanzillotta began filling in as acting comptroller, but he left to accept a job with Northrop Grumman Corp. on July 16.

Jonas, the former chief financial officer and assistant director of the FBI's finance division, also adds the title of undersecretary of Defense for finance to her post as comptroller. She inherits the task of trying to integrate thousands of financial and business systems under the department's enormous Business Management Modernization Program.

In other Defense business, Valerie Lynn Baldwin of Kansas was confirmed as the new assistant secretary of the Army for financial management.

The Government Printing Office has named Mike Wash as its new chief technical officer and co-director of the Office of Innovation and New Technology.

Wash will design the agency's new information system, evaluate new technologies, and build an applied research and development team at GPO.

He also will provide guidance and development of technology designed to accelerate GPO into a digital information processing organization.

Before coming to GPO, Wash was executive director of product management and marketing at Gerber Scientific Products.

He holds 18 patents, including one for which he earned the U.S. National Inventor of the Year award from the Intellectual Property Association of Washington.

Kenneth Rapuano was nominated to be deputy assistant to the president for homeland security.

Rapuano serves as deputy undersecretary of Energy for counterterrorism, where he oversees nuclear counterterrorism activities and coordinates policy for the National Nuclear Security Administration. He previously served as senior policy adviser for national security at the Energy Department focusing on nonproliferation, intelligence, counterintelligence, homeland defense and stockpile stewardship.

He served on active duty as an infantry officer in the Marine Corps, and currently serves as an intelligence officer in the Marine Reserves. In 2003, he deployed to Iraq for six months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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