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Glenn Schlarman

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Glenn Schlarman, who has worked in government for 34 years, announced he is retiring Dec. 1.

Schlarman, the Office of Management and Budget's chief of the Information Policy Branch in the Office of Regulatory Affairs, had been planning his retirement most of the year and settled on leaving after the fiscal 2008 budget season was mostly complete.

He came to OMB from the Energy Department in February 2004, replacing Dan Chenok, who moved to the private sector.

Before coming to OMB, Schlarman spent time at Energy working on IT security and was an FBI analyst.

The Senate approved Mary Peters as the new Transportation Department secretary before adjourning for its election recess. Peters, nominated for the post in early September, replaces Norman Mineta, who left his post in early July.

Peters had served as the head of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration from 2001 through 2005 before leaving for the private sector. Before coming to Washington, she served as chief of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

The Health and Human Services Department last month named Robert Kolodner interim national coordinator for health IT.
Kolodner has been chief health informatics officer at the Veterans Affairs Department's Veterans Health Administration and involved with the oversight and development of MyHealtheVet, a health portal for veterans to access health information, tools and services via the Internet, and VistA, VA's electronic health records systems.

David Brailer, the first national coordinator for health IT, resigned earlier this year after two years. Brailer continues to serve as vice chairman of the American Health Information Community, a public-private partnership that makes recommendations to HHS on facilitating standards for health IT. Kolodner also is active in AHIC.

The IRS last month appointed Richard Spires as CIO. He replaces Todd Grams, who left in July. Deputy CIO Arthur Gonzalez has been the acting CIO.

Grams resigned to become chief financial officer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He had served as IRS CIO since 2003 and before that as IRS chief financial officer.

Spires most recently served as associate CIO for applications
development, where he had responsibility for 400 systems that support tax administration. Spires has also had oversight of the projects within the Business Systems Modernization program.


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