VA names acting IT policy and portfolio oversight chief

The Veterans Affairs Department has named Clarenton Furlow as acting associate deputy assistant secretary for policy, portfolio oversight and execution. He replaces Dave Wooten, who left VA for the private sector.

Furlow came to VA in September, when Wooten hired him as the program management executive.

Designated for his new position earlier this month, Furlow has responsibility for IT portfolio investments planning and execution, IT financial management and IT project and program oversight and review under VA CIO Robert Howard. He also is helping to structure the IT reorganization that VA is undergoing.

'Policy and program management are not part of the initial realignment but may have pieces of the reorganization,' he said, adding that his position reflects the current organization. Some components may shift over time, he said.

VA is reorganizing its IT development, management and budget authority under Howard. Previously VA's health, benefits and burial administrations held that authority. VA will transition fully to the new structure by April and operate completely in a centralized approach by July 2008.

Previously, Furlow, a Navy veteran, has been a senior analyst for the Base Closure and Realignment Commission's Office of Review and Analysis. He also served as the liaison between the Naval Air Systems Command and the chief of Naval Operations Fleet Readiness Division.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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