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FCW : August 15, 2013
August 15, 2013 FCW.COM 9 DHS official under investigation for visa aid Alejandro Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is being investigated by the Department of Homeland Secu- rity’s inspector general as part of a broader inquiry into USCIS’ foreign investor program. According to an Associated Press report based on leaked internal DHS email mes- sages, the IG began its investigation of the EB-5 visa program last year. The probe involves visas sought by Gulf Coast Funds Management, a firm led by former Sec- retary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s brother Anthony Rodham. Mayorkas is under inves- tigation for a potential misuse of authority in helping the company get a visa for a Chinese investor, according to AP. EB-5 visas are issued to foreign nationals if they invest $500,000 to $1 million in businesses that create jobs for U.S. citizens. President Barack Obama nominat- ed Mayorkas to be deputy secretary in June. If confirmed by the Senate, he would likely lead the department until a replacement for Secretary Janet Napolitano is in place. She has announced plans to resign to lead California’s state university system. In the past year and a half, DHS has lost more than a dozen senior leaders from its ranks, including managers in critical cybersecurity and IT operations. Margie Graves became acting DHS CIO in March when then-CIO Richard Spires went on leave. Spires has since resigned from the agency. Michael Locatis resigned his position as assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications in January, and Bruce McConnell became interim deputy undersec- retary for cybersecurity in March after Mark Weatherford left the position for the private sector after 16 months on the job. A week after Napolitano announced she was leaving, McConnell said he would resign his position Aug. 10. — Mark Rockwell Sisk becomes FAS deputy Bill Sisk has been named deputy commissioner of the General Services Adminis- tration’s Federal Acquisi- tion Service. He has been serving in an acting capacity since November 2012 when the previous deputy commissioner, Jon Jordan, retired. Sisk has been with the agency for 23 years, beginning as an intern and work- ing his way up to become commissioner of the FAS Southeast Sunbelt Region and acting commissioner of the Southeast Sunbelt Region’s Public Buildings Service, according to the agency. He has also served as assistant commissioner for FAS’ Office of General Supplies and Services. — Mark Rockwell Wennergren to retire David Wennergren, the Defense Department’s assistant deputy chief management officer, has retired from government service after a 32-year federal career centered on change management and IT. “I remember when I went to work for the Department of the Navy in 1980, and they told me, ‘In 2012, when you turn 55...you’d be eligible for retirement,’” Wenner- gren said. “And that just seemed like forever. And the next thing you know, the decades have flown by.” Wennergren, a three-time Fed- eral 100 winner, was honored with FCW’s Eagle award in 2006 and has won a raft of honors from other organizations in the federal IT community. For more, see our Q&A with Wennergren on Page 24. — Troy K. Schneider Nominees named for key posts at Labor and DOD In the wake of the Senate’s deal to avoid filibusters on nominations, the White House continues to fill the pipeline with new appointees. On July 19, President Barack Obama announced eight more people he intends to nominate to agency or diplomatic posts. Among them are Scott Dahl, whom Obama tapped to be the Labor Department’s inspector general, and Jessica Wright, who would become the Defense Department’s undersecre- tary for personnel and readiness. Wright, who spent 35 years in the National Guard and retired as a major general, has been acting undersecretary since Jan. 1. Dahl is currently the IG for the Smith- sonian Institution. He would fill an important vacancy at Labor, but the move would create yet another IG opening for the administration to address. — Troy K. Schneider FCW INSIDER Scott Dahl Bill Sisk HOUSE.GOV/SI.EDU of Americans think agencies use the data gathered for anti-terrorism efforts for other purposes as well 70%
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