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FCW : November 30, 2013
Trending 10 November 30, 2013 FCW.COM in cloud contracts were awarded by the Interior Department from scal 2009 to 2013. $10.1 billion VA makes changes in IT leadership Some six months after Roger Baker stepped down as the Department of Veterans Affairs' CIO and assistant secretary for information and technology, VA now has a permanent team in place. Former Deputy CIO Ste- phen Warren, who had lled Baker's post in an acting capacity since March, was named CIO and "executive in charge" on Oct. 17. The assis- tant secretary post, which requires Senate con rmation, has been separated from the CIO job, and Warren has not been nominated for it. Warren's old job, meanwhile, has been lled by onetime Internal Rev- enue Service CIO Arthur Gonzalez, who joined VA from TISTA Science and Technology Corp. --- Troy K. Schneider HHS dials back 'tech surge' expectations The nation's top health care of cial appeared to be trying to lower expec- tations of how well the troubled HealthCare.gov website would func- tion by the time an ongoing "tech surge" works through a list of prob- lems scheduled to be completed by the end of November. "We are into the list, " Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Senate Finance Committee on Nov. 5. "We're not where we need to be. It's a pretty aggres- sive schedule to get to the entire punch list. " Quality Software Services Inc., which was tapped as general contractor after the site's launch, is working with teams of govern- ment employees and contractors to implement xes, and former Obama administration of cial and health care entrepreneur Jeff Zients is lead- ing the effort. According to Sebelius, the QSSI team has identi ed a couple hundred functional xes, which have been grouped according to priority. Meanwhile, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services CIO Tony Trenkle planned to leave the agency in mid-November to take a position in the private sector. Dave Nelson, who leads the Of ce of Enterprise Management, will step in as acting CIO. Deputy CIO Henry Chao, who was the point of contact for contrac- tors on HealthCare.gov, continues to help oversee repairs to the site. --- Adam Mazmanian Former USDA CIO joins AT&T Former Agriculture Department CIO Chris Smith has joined AT&T Govern- ment Solutions as vice president of technology. He will lead a 175- member team in developing systems for the federal market. Smith earned a Federal 100 award in 2011 for his leadership in test- ing the Einstein 3 system that helps agencies detect and respond to cyberattacks. He also led the transfer of email services for 120,000 USDA employees to the cloud, for which he earned a second Federal 100 award. Smith retired from USDA in 2012 and joined Accenture under Kay Kapoor, then managing director of FCW INSIDER Kathleen Sebelius
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