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The State Department has named Ann Barrett acting deputy assistant secretary of State for passport services. She succeeds Frank Moss, who retired early this month.

Barrett, who had been Moss' deputy, now will oversee the implementation of large, controversial programs related to passport and passport card technology.

Moss and Barrett have worked on technology and policy issues related to State's rollout of a new generation of electronic passports and the development of the less expensive 'passport lite' identification card for U.S. citizens returning home from other countries in the Western Hemisphere.

The White House has nominated Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson to become the Army's next CIO. He would replace Lt. Gen. Steven Boutelle, who plans to retire Aug. 1.

Sorenson, who will be promoted to lieutenant general if confirmed by the Senate, has been deputy for acquisition and systems management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT) since 2004. Before then, he was program executive officer for tactical missiles.

He was named the Army's project manager of the year in 1998, and he has won the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Meritorious Service Medal.

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