Scott Hastings has been named the chief information officer at the Immigration
and Naturalization Service the first and last person to officially have
Hastings will replace George Bohlinger as CIO of the agency. Bohlinger
has worn a number of hats, also serving as chief financial officer and the
agency's executive associate commissioner for management jobs he will
continue to hold. But until now, no one has had the title of CIO at INS,
which is being reorganized under the new Homeland Security Department.
Hastings has served as the associate commissioner for information resources
management since May 2001. More recently, he has been detailed to the Office
of Homeland Security to help develop the new department that President Bush
recently signed into law.
For more, see "Hastings named last INS CIO."
David Wennergren is the Navy Department's new information technology
leader, replacing Dan Porter as CIO.
Wennergren had been serving as the Navy's deputy CIO for enterprise
integration and security for the past several years. He also is a proponent
of e-government initiatives.
Porter, who had served as the Navy Department's CIO since September
1998, retired Dec. 1 to become senior vice president for strategic development
at Vredenburg Inc., a small professional services company in Reston, Va.
For more, see "Wennergren named Navy IT chief."
Richard Varn, Iowa's CIO for the past four years and the leader of its
Information Technology Department, was fired recently, along with five other
Varn said Gov. Tom Vilsack told him that technology would not be a focus
during his second term. "He can't support the things we want to do, and
he wants to spend his political capital on [economic development, education
and health care]," said Varn, who said leaving was a mutual decision. He
will remain on the state payroll until Jan. 2, 2003.
For more, see "Iowa governor dismisses CIO."
Linda Burek, until recently the CIO for Maryland, is returning to the
federal government as the acting director of the Office of Information Technology
for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the Food and Drug Administration.
Her new job is effective Dec. 15.
Before embarking on her state job, Burek had been the deputy CIO and
deputy assistant attorney general for information resources management at
the Justice Department.
She also has had experience working in the IT offices at the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office and the Agriculture Department.
Connie Correll has been appointed as counselor and senior adviser within
the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, department officials
announced Dec. 4.
Among her responsibilities, Correll will be a key adviser to the Commerce
undersecretary and chief of staff.
Since March 2001, she has been executive vice president of TechNet,
a leading national network of high-tech leaders. She previously managed
the communications department of the Information Technology Industry Council
in Washington, D.C., and spent eight years working on Capitol Hill as an
administrative assistant and press secretary to then-Rep. Rick White (R-Wash.)
and deputy press secretary to former Sen. Slade Gorton (R-Wash.).
Mark Upson has been appointed as president and chief executive officer
of PureEdge Solutions Inc., the company announced Dec. 9.
PureEdge is a provider of secure, Extensible Markup Language-based e-forms
solutions. Its co-founder and previous CEO, Eric Jordan, will continue to
play a key role on the company's executive team as chief strategy officer.
Upson has more than 20 years experience in global technology sales and
management. He joins the company from Onyx Software Corp., a leader in the
customer relationship management market, where he was a senior vice president
and general manager. At Onyx, Upson led the company's sales growth up from
$2 million to more than $119 million in a five-year period.