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Thursday, August 31, 2006

Bush names VA chief information officer

Acting Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer Robert Howard will be nominated to fill the agency's top technology position on a permanent basis, the White House announced Tuesday.

President Bush's nomination of Howard, who also serves as a senior adviser to Deputy VA Secretary Gordon Mansfield, will be subject to Senate confirmation. As acting CIO during a data breach in May that compromised personal information for 26.5 million people, Howard faced congressional investigators on multiple occasions. He has managed VA's Office of Information and Technology since the department's previous CIO, Robert McFarland, left in April.

If confirmed, Howard will be responsible for improving VA's IT security and managing the ongoing centralization of its IT resources under the Information and Technology Office.

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