NASA Names New Chief Information Officer
Glenn Mahone/Doc Mirelson
|March 24, 2003
NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced today, Patricia L. Dunnington
is the agency's new Chief Information Officer (CIO).
"Pat brings a wealth of experience and expertise to our management
team, " Administrator O'Keefe said. "She has an intimate
knowledge of the agency, and she will be a key leader, planner and
manager as we continue to apply cutting edge information technology
to NASA," he said.
The CIO reports directly to the NASA Administrator and is responsible
for the development of an integrated focus on information resource
management strategies, policies, and practices. These encompass
strategic planning; standards in computing, networking, and security;
establishment of system and information architectures; and incorporation
of life-cycle management concepts into information technology acquisitions
Dunnington succeeds Paul Strassman. Strassman is NASA's Special
Assistant to the Administrator for Information Management, and he
was also serving as acting CIO. A leading expert in the IT community,
he came to NASA last spring to develop a strategy and architecture.
Having succeeded in that task, he plans to retire to private life.
"Paul has given us a much needed road map to address our information
technology needs for the future. He's introduced contemporary business
practices and a game plan that will help us fully implement the
plan," Administrator O'Keefe said.
Dunnington was NASA's Deputy Chief Information Officer since August
2002. Prior to her headquarters assignment, she completed a Senior
Executive Service Candidate Development Program Developmental Work
Assignment with Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, Calif. She also served
as the Chief Information Officer of NASA's Langley Research Center,
Dunnington joined NASA in 1982 as a Presidential Management Intern
in the Office of Aero-Space Technology and served in a number of
increasingly responsible positions, including CIO for the enterprise
office. She also served as NASA's Acting Deputy CIO in 1996. She
received her B.A. from The Catholic University of America, Washington
and her M.G.A from the University of Maryland, College Park, Md.
She has received numerous awards including NASA's Exceptional Service
Medal and NASA's Langley Research Center Superior Accomplishment
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