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NASA has promoted Patricia Dunnington to CIO, elevating her from deputy CIO, a post she held since August. Earlier, she served as CIO of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va.
Dunnington replaces Paul Strassmann, who has been acting CIO. Strassman took over last year when CIO Lee Holcomb moved over to the White House as the Homeland Security department's chief technology officer. Dunnington will report to NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe, who said in a statement that she brings a wealth of experience to her new job. "She has an intimate knowledge of the agency," he said, "and she will be a key leader, planner, and manager as we continue to apply cutting-edge information technology to NASA."
Dunnington joined NASA in 1982 as a presidential management intern in the Office of Aerospace Technology and has served in a number of positions, including CIO for the enterprise office. She also served as NASA's acting deputy CIO in 1996. She received a bachelor's degree from Catholic University and a master's degree in government administration from the University of Maryland. She has received numerous awards, including NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and NASA's Langley Research Center Superior Accomplishment Award.
Strassman joined NASA last spring as special assistant to the administrator for information management to develop an IT strategy and architecture. Having succeeded in that task, O'Keefe says, he plans to retire to private life. Strassman, O'Keefe says, "introduced contemporary business practices and a game plan that will help us fully implement the plan."