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Pedro Cadenas Jr.

Rick Steele

Pedro Cadenas Jr. is the Veterans Affairs Department's new acting deputy CIO and acting deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Information Technology.

Cadenas, VA's associate deputy assistant secretary for cyber and information security since June 2004, took over the acting deputy CIO position last Friday when CIO Robert McFarland left. Cadenas will continue as chief information security officer. Ed Meagher previously was deputy CIO before he took the deputy CIO position in the Interior Department.

Cadenas came to VA in 2002 to become director of VA's critical infrastructure protection program. Prior to that, he held professional positions in information security in the private sector, including for Science Applications International Corp.

The Energy Department has picked William Hunteman, a career cybersecurity expert, as its new chief information security officer.

Hunteman, who has more than 40 years of experience in cybersecurity, high-performance computer operating systems, and high-performance computing and networks, will serve as associate CIO for cybersecurity and DOE CISO.

He spent most of his career at DOE's Los Alamos, N.M., facility, but he had been on detail at DOE headquarters from the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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