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Pedro Cadenas

Rick Steele

Mary Joy Pizzella

Zaid Hamid

Veterans Affairs Department chief information security officer Pedro Cadenas Jr. is leaving his job, effective July 13. He's been VA's associate deputy assistant secretary for cyber and information security since June 2004. He cited personal reasons for leaving.

VA has made several departmental changes in the wake of the theft of the laptop and hard drive containing information on 26 million veterans. The laptop was recently recovered.

Shortly before the data theft, then-CIO ROBERT MCFARLAND resigned, citing what he called a 'contentious atmosphere at the executive level' over pressure to centralize VA's IT organization. He said he left because 'my continued presence in it would be detrimental to the department's implementation of [centralization].'

Rear Adm. James B. Godwin III has decided to retire, about two years after taking the helm of the multibillion-dollar Navy-Marine Corps Intranet program. His retirement is effective Oct. 1.

Godwin declined to be interviewed on his retirement plans.

In September 2004, Godwin replaced Vice Adm. Charles L. Munns, who now heads the Submarine Allied Command and serves as commander of the Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force in Norfolk, Va.

Godwin's replacement will likely be named later this summer, a Navy official said. Marie Greening is serving as acting program manager for NMCI.

Mary Joy Pizzella, the driving force behind improving the Web site and making the General Services Administration's Office of Citizen Services more agency-friendly, has returned to the private sector.

Pizzella's last day was June 30.

Pizzella, who has been GSA's associate administrator for citizen services and communications since 2001, took over FirstGov and moved it to a new search engine.

David Bethel is the deputy associate administrator for communications and Martha Dorris is the deputy associate administrator for citizen services. It is unclear who will take over on an acting basis.


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