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Scott Hastings has been named the chief information officer at the Immigration and Naturalization Service — the first and last person to officially have that title.

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 agency heads.

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.


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