The Circuit


Career moves for 4 key Army IT officials

Some of the Army's top officers in positions critical to defense IT will be changing offices -- and locations -- very soon.

In a June 15 release, the Defense Department announced that Maj. Gen. Jennifer L. Napper, currently commanding general at the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command in Ft. Huachuca, Ariz., has been assigned as director of plans and policy at U.S. Cyber Command in Ft. Meade, Md.

Replacing Napper at Ft. Huachuca will be Maj. Gen. Alan R. Lynn, currently the commanding general at the Signal Center of Excellence and Ft. Gordon in Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Lynn will be succeeded by Brig. Gen. Lawarren V. Patterson, who is set for promotion to the rank of major general. Prior to the promotion, Patterson has been the commanding general of the 7th Signal Command (Theater) at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Brig. Gen. John B. Morrison Jr., who has most recently served as the Pentagon-based director of the Army's LandWarNet/Mission Command in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, has also been reassigned. The 2012 FCW Fed 100 winner, who's been promoted from colonel since the honors, is replacing Patterson as commanding general of the 7th Signal Command (Theater) at Ft. Gordon, Ga.

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


HHS announces new CTO

The Health and Human Services Department has tapped Bryan Sivak, Maryland’s chief innovation officer, to serve as its new chief technology officer.

Sivak has been in his current role as chief innovation officer to Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley since April 2011. Prior to that, he was the CTO for the District of Columbia.

Sivak replaces Todd Park, who was appointed federal CTO in March 2012.

HHS took to Twitter to announce and welcome its new CTO on June 15. Sivak himself tweeted he was “super excited” to continue work started by Park and the agency itself.

Sivak joined the public sector after founding InQuira, a provider of knowledge management solutions. The company was acquired by Oracle in July 2011.

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Jun 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


What the government doesn't do these days

Want to know how cautious the government is being about spending money lately? An incident from the TechAmerica Foundation's American Technology Awards ceremony, held June 13 in Washington, D.C., may illustrate it.

Kevin Johnson, CEO of Juniper Networks, showed a video as part of his acceptance of the corporate leadership award. The video highlighted Juniper's three areas of emphasis – the programmable network, cloud architecture and security innovation – with dramatized scenes to show how the technologies may work in the near future.

Following Johnson, Homeland Security department CIO Richard Spires took the stage to accept the award for Government Technology Executive of the Year. As the applause died down, he said, “Here in the federal government these days, we don't do things like slick videos. But I was very impressed.”

Posted by Michael Hardy on Jun 14, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments