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Obama taps private sector exec to lead IT at VA

LaVerne Horton Council

LaVerne Horton Council was nominated to be assistant secretary for information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Laverne Horton Council is President Barack Obama's choice for assistant secretary for information and technology at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Like Secretary Bob McDonald, Council would come to the VA from the private sector. She served as a vice president and CIO at Johnson & Johnson, and held several executive positions at Dell. She has led her own firm, Council Advisory Services, since 2012. Additionally, Council has worked at Accenture and Ernst & Young, and had a stint in government at the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The White House announced the president’s intention to nominate Council on March 18. Steph Warren has held the top IT job at VA on an acting basis for two years.

About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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