New CIO comes aboard at PTO

New CIO comes aboard at PTO

David Freeland, a transplant from Texas state government, took the reins today as CIO of the Patent and Trademark Office. He will be responsible for continuing PTO's modernization, especially its electronic processing of patents and trademarks.

Freeland replaces Douglas Bourgeois, who left in September to become director of the National Business Center at the Interior Department [see GCN story.]

Most recently, Freeland was deputy commissioner for management information systems for the Texas Human Services Department. He supervised more than 600 employees charged with supporting 300 agencies and private organizations located at 1,000 sites across the state. He also oversaw more than 700 IT projects each year.

Freeland received his bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Tulane University.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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