Justice names deputy CIO

Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. on Oct. 15 named Linda Burek to head the Justice Department's information resources program.

In her new role, Burek will serve as deputy chief information officer and deputy assistant attorney general for information resources management.

She had held those positions in an acting capacity since February, following the departure of Mark Boster, who left Justice to join Science Applications International Corp.

Burek previously served as the director of the Justice Management Division's Systems Technology Staff and oversaw the rollout of the Justice Consolidated Office Network II program to put in place a common set of networks and desktop hardware and software at Justice.

It replaced the original program, which Burek called "a poorly architected system."

Before joining Justice in 1997, Burek worked for four years at the Patent and Trademark Office, where she directed efforts to re-engineer patent systems.

She said her priorities in her new job will include data-sharing initiatives, such as improving the flow of data between systems operated by the various bureaus in the department.

"A lot of those systems we've sort of been looking at in isolation in the past," Burek said.

She said she also aims to improve Justice's use of the Internet and its intranet, as well replace the e-mail system, which now consists of several disparate systems.

"She brings the right technical skills to the job," said Stephen Colgate, assistant attorney general for administration.

He called Burek "collegial" and said she has "an outstanding ability" to deal with Justice bureaus, which include the FBI, the Bureau of Prisons and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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