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Hearing that Interior has named a new CIO

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Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia

Editor’s note: Item updated Dec. 8, 2008. Additional are always put in italics.

No official word yet, but we’re hearing that the Interior Department has named a new chief information officer.

Word on the street is that Sonny Bhagowalia will start on Monday, Dec. 8, replacing Michael Howell, who left the DOI CIO job to become the senior career IT guy at OMB earlier this year. Jerry Williams has been serving as the acting CIO. He will reportedly be the deputy CIO when Bhagowalia arrives next week.

Bhagowalia has served as the CIO for Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs since August 2007. From their Web site:

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia became the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) of OCIO on August 20th, 2007. Before becoming CIO, Sonny most recently served as the Program Management Executive (PME) for the Office of IT Policy and Planning (OIPP) at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As that site says, Bhagowalia was formerly with the FBI, serving as the program management executive for FBI’s Office of Information Technology Planning and Policy. He won recognized with a presidential rank award in February 2007.

Again, no official word yet. If you know anything, let us know.

12.08.2008 note: I should have noted this earlier, but… this is essentialy conformed. That means Mr. Bhadowalia’s first day is… well — today! Welcome! No official word from DOI yet. In fact, they still have Jerry Williams as the acting CIO as of this morning.

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December 4, 2008 at 6:50 PM

Krumholtz, Microsoft’s K Street legend, is leaving

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Politico has the scoop that Jack Krumholtz, the founder of Microsoft’s government affairs office, has told his staff that he is resigning “to seek other challenges,” the paper reports.

Krumholtz, 47, opened the company’s lobby shop in March 1995, as a one-man operation.

Based in the company’s Chevy Chase sales office, Krumholtz preferred to conduct business out of his personal car parked along the side streets around the Capitol.

His driver’s seat e-mails and conference calls became so common, he became known in K Street circles simply as “Jack in his Jeep.”

Krumholtz no longer has the Jeep. But he’ll leave behind a shop with two dozen employees that has become a model for other firms, particularly in the technology community, on how to engage in Washington.

Under his guidance, Microsoft weathered a Justice Department investigation and antitrust lawsuit, which was settled in 2001, and began rebuilding the company’s reputation and standing in Washington.

Read the full story here.

Politico reports that the software giant is expected to name a replacement soon.

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December 4, 2008 at 2:37 PM

Disruptive technologies on the horizon — from the National Intelligence Council’s viewpoint

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I’m fascinated by so-called disruptive technologies and somebody (sorry — I don’t remember who) pointed me to an April 2008 report from the National Intelligence Council headlined, Disruptive Civil Technologies: Six Technologies with Potential Impacts on US Interests out to 2025. (The name pretty much captures it, does’t it?)

The group described disruptive technologies as technologies “with the potential to causes a noticeable-even if temporary- degradation or enhancement in one of the elements of US national power (geopolitical, military, economic, or social cohesion).” I’d say they are technologies that change the way we have always done business — e-mail, for example, or mobile phones… the PC.

There are a lot of them out there these days — it’s a disruptive environment right now.

Their list:

  • Biogerontechnology
  • Energy Storage Materials
  • Biofuels and Bio-Based Chemicals
  • Clean Coal Technologies
  • Service Robotics
  • The Internet of Things

You can read more about these here. The one that interested me was the last one: The Internet of Things. Read more about what they had had to say after the break…
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December 4, 2008 at 7:45 AM

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