Interior names acting CIO

The Interior Department selected Michael Howell as acting CIO effective Jan. 4. Howell currently is the CIO for the department's Fish and Wildlife Service.

He replaces Hord Tipton, who announced that he would retire from the federal government Jan. 7. Ed Meagher continues as deputy CIO.

Prior to the Fish and Wildlife Service, Howell worked in Interior's CIO office and served for two years as acting CIO of the Bureau of Land Management.

He also worked for five years in BLM's headquarters budget office. In the bureau's Oregon office, Howell managed IT and geographic information systems support for the President's Northwest Forest Plan and the Interior Columbia Basin Ecosystem Management Project.

He received his bachelor degree from Pennsylvania State University and recently completed the CIO's program at the National Defense University Information Resource Management College.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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