Harvey nominated for Army secretary

A year after President Bush nominated Francis J. Harvey of California to replace John Stenbit as Defense CIO, he renominated him yesterday to take over as secretary of the Army.

For the past year, Harvey has awaited confirmation from the Senate on the CIO post. The Senate Armed Services Committee questioned him in January and sent the CIO nomination to the floor for a full vote in February.

But Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) held up Harvey's confirmation, and the confirmations of other Defense nominations, in an attempt to put pressure on DOD to turn over documents concerning the multibillion-dollar Air Force/Boeing Co. aircraft tanker deal.

Yesterday, Bush threw in Harvey's name to replace Thomas White, who resigned from the Army job last year.

Linton Wells II, who is principal deputy assistant secretary and deputy CIO, has been filling in as acting Defense CIO. It was unclear whether Linton's position would become permanent or whether Bush would nominate another CIO candidate.

Harvey currently serves as vice chairman of Duratek Inc. of Columbia, Md. He previously worked as chief operating officer of Westinghouse Electric Co.'s industries and technology group. He also was president of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Westinghouse electronic systems group.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


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