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German named acting NASA CIO, Pettus returns to Marshall

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German named acting NASA CIO (NASA photo)

Bobby German named acting NASA CIO (NASA photo)

There is a new CIO at NASA — at least in an acting capacity.

Back in November, the DorobekInsider reported that NASA CIO Jonathan Pettus was giving up that job to return to be CIO at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center down in Alabama. The NASA CIO post is a career job, so there was no requirement that it change on Jan. 20 as is the case at the departments of Transportation, Labor, Agriculture, or the Environmental Protection Agency. Pettus literally was commuting from Alabama for the past several years and he finally decided that he wanted to be with his family. (Here in Washington, DC, we just so often hear people ‘going to spend time with their family,’ it’s hard not to be cynical, but… having met Pettus several times, if there is a cynic in there, I sure didn’t see it.)

The NASA CIO job had been posted, but… on Monday, NASA officials named Bobby German as the acting CIO as they evaluate the candidates for the CIO slot. German is currently the deputy CIO and has been in that post since July 2007.

Read his full bio.. after the break. [Photo credit: NASA/Renee Bouchard.]

As promised, this is the full biography of Bobby German, NASA’s deputy chief information officer.

In July 2007, Bobby German was appointed as the NASA Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO). Serving at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., Mr. German directly supports the NASA CIO in the leadership, policy direction, and oversight of NASA information management and information technology (IT). He assists the CIO in strategic planning and communications, investment management, and workforce planning and management, and in providing direction and leadership in numerous other areas, including NASA’s implementation of Electronic Government (e-Gov) initiatives, Enterprise Architecture, IT security, privacy, and records management. In addition, Mr. German chairs the IT Program Management Board, which reviews IT projects throughout their life cycle, ensuring that NASA’s policies and disciplines are applied in meeting cost, schedule and scope commitments.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. German served as Program Director for NASA’s Integrated Enterprise Management Program (IEMP). IEMP re-engineered the Agency’s aging business infrastructure, and implemented NASA-wide systems, integrating processes and data related to finance, budget, procurement, asset management, and human capital. Mr. German was a leader on the IEM program since its inception, serving as the Deputy Program Director, and as a Project Manager at Goddard Space Flight Center, implementing NASA’s Staffing and Recruitment system, Position Description Management system, and Budget Formulation system.

Mr. German also held several management positions at the Marshall Space Flight Center related to managing computing and networking environments. He started his NASA career in 1982 at NASA’s Slidell Computer Complex, a unique data center in Louisiana, which provided computer services for Stennis Space Center and the Michoud Assembly Facility.

His master’s degree in business administration is from Tulane University and his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science is from McNeese State University. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate at McNeese, and served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army, developing automated recruiting systems. One of his many accolades is NASA’s prized “Silver Snoopy” award, which best symbolizes the intent and spirit of space flight.

Written by cdorobek

January 13, 2009 at 7:30 AM

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