Vanderhoff to be new State Department CIO

The State Department tapped career diplomat James Vanderhoff to become its new CIO.

He will take over the position Jan. 9, 2006, a State spokeswoman confirmed, and will replace acting CIO Jay Anania.

Before receiving this appointment, Vanderhoff served as a career foreign service specialist within the agency, most recently as minister counselor for management in Japan.

He also served in regional communication program offices in Germany, Lebanon, Pakistan and Panama.

Also, the Bush administration nominated Bradford Higgins as assistant secretary of resources management and chief financial officer.

Higgins previously served as a senior adviser within that division, and before that served high-profile positions in Iraq, including CFO of the Coalition Provisional Authority and chief of planning for the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office in Baghdad.

He earned his bachelor's and law degrees from Columbia University.

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