Shuffling chairs in senior IT positions

The Environmental Protection Agency finally is getting a new chief information officer after six months without a permanent one.

The next undersecretary of the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Science and Technology is coming over from the Defense Department.

And the General Services Administration, once again, reaches into the Office of Management and Budget for some help.

President Barack Obama on Jan. 30 nominated Ann Dunkin to be EPA’s assistant administrator for Environmental Information. Dunkin comes to EPA from the Palo Alto school district where she was the chief technology officer since 2012. She also worked the Hewlett-Packard from 1999 to 2008.

Dunkin replaces Malcolm Jackson, who left EPA in June to work for the private sector. Jackson now is the executive vice president and CIO for the Brickman Group, a commercial landscaping company.

Reggie Brothers, the DoD’s deputy assistant secretary for Defense research since 2011, is up for the DHS role. The President nominated Brothers yesterday as well.

He would replace Tara O’Toole, who resigned in September after almost five years on the job.

Before coming to DoD, Brothers spent time in and out of government. He was BAE Systems’ director for advanced programs and technology from 2007 to 2011, and was a program manager for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 2003 to 2007. Dunkin and Brothers both need Senate confirmation, so expect hearings later this year.

Dominic Sale is taking a six-month detail to work in GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy, sources confirmed. He has been a supervisory policy analyst in OMB’s Office of E-Government and IT since 2008.

Sources say at OGP, Sale will work to bridge the communication gap between OGP, CIOs, OMB and agencies more broadly on governmentwide initiatives. This is something that has been missing since GSA reorganized OGP in 2010.

Sale would make the second e-government policy analyst to move to GSA. Andrew McMahon joined the agency in July as a senior advisor to Administrator Dan Tangherlini.

This story is part of Jason Miller’s Inside the Reporter’s Notebook feature. Read more from this week’s edition.


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