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The Patent and Trademark Office has named David Freeland to fill its vacant CIO post, pending approval from the Office of Personnel Management on a Senior Executive Service appointment for Freeland.

Freeland, previously a systems chief with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, will replace Douglas Bourgeois, who left the agency in September for a job at the Interior Department. Bourgeois had been CIO for three years.

Richard D. Westfield is the new CIO of the National Labor Relations Board. Most recently, Westfield spent three years as deputy CIO and director of IT program management for the Overseas Private Investment Corp.

The White House has passed on reappointing Clark Kent Ervin as inspector general for the Homeland Security Department. Ervin, who received a recess appointment to the IG role in December 2003 after serving as acting IG since January of that year, had earned a reputation as a blunt critic of the department.

'This actually is being done through the White House,' said a former DHS official who requested anonymity because he continues to work with the department. 'They feel he has not been a friend of the department.'

Deputy IG Richard L. Skinner is the acting IG.

Don Heffernan, CIO of the Federal Supply Service, retired at year's end after 30 years of federal service.

Heffernan said he will hang out his own shingle. He plans to call his company IT Interventions and to help vendors resolve contracting disputes with other companies and government agencies. He also wants to volunteer, doing community development and IT networking work.

Heffernan has been CIO for the agency since September 2001 and was deputy CIO before that.

Elizabeth DelNegro, FSS' deputy CIO, will serve as interim CIO until a permanent replacement is named.

President Bush has nominated Samuel Bodman, who leads the E-Government Committee of the President's Management Council, to become Energy secretary.

Bodman has been deputy secretary at the Treasury Department since February. Before that, he served as deputy secretary at the Commerce Department and was a private-sector executive for 31 years.

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