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4,000 new health IT workers could be trained and placed through $73
million in HHS grants
People on the move
Mina Hsiang will serve as the next administrator of the U.S. Digital Ser- vice, becoming the first woman and the first Asian-American to lead the government technology unit.
Hsiang joined USDS when it was launched in 2014 and returned with the Biden administration. She served on the Biden-Harris transition team before rejoining USDS as senior adviser for delivery and leader of the team that created
ment’s acting CIO, to hold the top tech job on a permanent basis. Sherman was named DOD’s principal deputy CIO in 2020 and has been acting in the CIO role since January.
During Sherman’s confirmation process, Kelly Fletcher will serve as acting CIO, and David McKeown, cur- rently DOD’s chief information security officer, will act as principal deputy CIO.
The White House also nominat- ed Nickolas Guertin to be director of operational test and evaluation at DOD. Guertin was most recently a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute.
Biden has nominated Tristan Leavitt, the Merit Systems Protection Board’s general counsel, to serve as a member of the board. Leavitt has been MSPB’s acting chief executive and administrative officer since 2019, the last time the board had Senate- confirmed leadership.
Earlier this year, Biden nominated Cathy Harris, an employment and civil rights lawyer, to serve as chairwoman of the board and Raymond Limon, chief human capital officer at the Interior Department, to serve as vice chairman. So far, no nominee has received a Sen- ate hearing.
The board has been unable to decide on appeals from federal employees about agency personnel actions for years because of the lack of a two-person quorum.That has resulted in a backlog of over 3,400 appeals, according to MSPB’s fiscal 2022 budget justification.
Dominic Cussatt has resigned
Dominic Cussatt
as acting CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs to take on a new role as director of the Office ofTechnology and Innovation at the State Department’s
The Air Force’s first chief software officer, Nicolas Chail- lan, will step down from his role on Oct. 2.
Bureau of Intelligence and Research. The bureau is a component of the intel- ligence community.
Cussatt became VA’s acting CIO at the start of the Biden administration. He previously served in a variety of senior roles at VA’s Office of Information and Technology.
Dr. Neil Evans, who leads the Office of Connected Care in theVeterans Health Administration, is taking over as VA’s CIO on an acting basis. He has served as interim director of the Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization program office, which supports VA and DOD efforts to implement
a joint EHR system.
Dominic Sale,
deputy assistant
commissioner for
general supplies and
services at the Gen-
eral Services Admin-
istration, announced
his departure after a 14-year career in government. He has held a variety of posts in technology and acquisition, including a stint as acting deputy fed- eral CIO. He won a Federal 100 award in 2010 for his work on launching the IT Dashboard and the now-defunct Recov- website.
“We are the larg-
est software orga-
nization on the planet, and we have almost no shared repositories and little to no collaboration across DOD ser- vices,”Chaillanwroteinaresignation memo. “At this point, I am just tired of continuously chasing support and money to do my job. My office still has no billet and no funding, this year and the next.”
Nicolas Chaillan
Chaillan took on his position in 2018 with the mission of making DevSec- Ops the standard business practice and expanding the Kessel Run software factory model across the Air Force. He noted that the job was “probably the most challenging and infuriating of my entire career” but also impactful and rewarding.
President Joe Biden has nominated John Sherman, the Defense Depart-
Dominic Sale
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