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Obama nominates chiefs for policy, readiness, acquisition

President Barack Obama announced nominees Jan. 24 to fill several senior Defense Department positions for key management areas.

Erin Conaton is the nominee to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. She has been the undersecretary of the Air Force since 2010.

The undersecretary is a senior policy advisor to the defense secretary on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for active duty military personnel, including Guard and Reserve personnel, and DOD civilians employees. The undersecretary is also responsible for overseeing the state of military readiness.

Frank Kendall is the nominee to be the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. He has been the acting undersecretary since the former undersecretary Ashton Carter became the deputy defense secretary in 2011.

The undersecretary advises the defense secretary on all things DOD acquisition. He also supervises procurements and issues policies on the maintenance and upkeep of DOD's technology. The undersecretary also works on the upkeep of the defense industrial base through policies.

James Miller is the nominee to be the undersecretary of defense for policy. Miller has been the principle deputy undersecretary of defense for policy since 2009.

The undersecretary gives the defense secretary advice on new policies that align with national security objectives.

Each of the nominees must be confirmed by the Senate before taking the job.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jan 24, 2012 at 7:21 PM0 comments


FCC chief planner set to leave

Chief planner of the Federal Communications Commission Paul de Sa will leave in February, Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

Since joining the FCC in 2009, de Sa has served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, reviewing various issues such as mergers, broadband expansion and spectrum issues.

“Paul’s rare combination of business insight, technical expertise, and policy smarts has made him indispensable to me and the agency as we’ve worked to unleash innovation and bring the benefits of broadband to all Americans," Genachowski said.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 20, 2012 at 7:21 PM2 comments


DISA senior executive to perform two roles

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the reassignment of a Defense Information Systems Agency senior executive Jan. 17.

Mark Orndorff has been reassigned as chief information assurance executive and program executive officer for mission assurance and network operations for DISA in Fort Meade, Md. He previously served as PEO for the same operations, which develop and implement programs to secure and operate the Global Information Grid.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 18, 2012 at 7:21 PM0 comments


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