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Lurita Alexis Doan

The Senate has confirmed former congressman Robert Portman as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Lurita Alexis Doan as the next administrator of the General Services Administration.

President Bush nominated Portman in mid-April after tapping former OMB director Joshua Bolten to become White House chief of staff.

Portman, a six-term former Republican representative from Ohio, left Congress in 2005 when Bush named him trade representative.

Doan, a businesswoman and founder of New Technology Management Inc. of Reston, Va., replaces Stephen Perry, who left the agency in the fall of 2005.

The Senate recently confirmed presidential nominees to three critical DHS positions:
R. David Paulison, a former fire and rescue department chief in Miami and U.S. fire administrator, as undersecretary for the Federal Emergency Management Agency; he has been FEMA's acting director since September 2005
David Norquist, former deputy undersecretary of Defense for budget and appropriations affairs, as DHS' chief finance officer

W. Ralph Basham, a 29-year Secret Service veteran who was serving as chief of staff of the Transportation Security Administration, as commissioner for Customs and Border Protection.

Aside from Senate confirmations, Jeff Conklin has been named the new CIO of the Homeland Security Department's Citizenship and Immigration Services agency. He succeeds Tarrazzia Martin, who moved to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence earlier this month.

Former New York City CIO Gino Menchini, who handled IT operations during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a 2003 blackout and other crises, has joined CA of Islandia, N.Y., as vice president for public sector in North America. Menchini, who also oversaw the creation of the city's 3-1-1 citizen information initiative, started at CA last month.


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