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USAF Secretary’s Space Adviser John Stopher Leaves Office for Industry Role

John Stopher, principal assistant to the secretary of the Air Force for space, will leave his post on Wednesday to return to the private sector, SpaceNews reported Tuesday. He said in his resignation letter sent to President Trump that his new role would enable him to support industry in efforts to address the challenges in space in the future. 

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Judy Stecker to Fill Deputy Chief of Staff Role at HHS

Judy Stecker, assistant secretary for public affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, will take up the additional role of deputy chief of staff for operations and strategy. She will work to boost HHS' external efforts in her new role after returning from her maternity leave, the department said Monday.

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Mike Hatcher Joins By Light as CRO, Mike Bowser Becomes COO; Bob Donahue Quoted

By Light Professional IT Services announced on Thursday that Mike Bowser has been promoted to become the company’s new chief operating officer. In addition, Mike Hatcher has joined By Light as the chief revenue officer. These appointments will be effective immediately and intend to reinforce and expand current and future capabilities.

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DOJ’s CIO Joe Klimavicz Appointed to Serve Additionally as Chief Data Officer

Joe Klimavicz, chief information officer at the Department of Justice, has been appointed to additionally serve as DOJ's chief data officer, Fedscoop reported Tuesday. He will concurrently function as DOJ's CIO and CDO. The CDO is tasked to lead a data governance body of his respective agency, as mandated under the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act.

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Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak Joins Hitachi Vantara Federal as Chief Data Scientist; Dave Turner Quoted

Hitachi Vantara Federal announced on Wednesday that Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak has joined the company as the chief data scientist. In the new role, Dr. Nayak will empower customers to better leverage their data through machine learning, artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics.

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Brig. Gen. Michael Greiner to Lead USAF Cost Analysis Integration

Brig. Gen. Michael Griener, director of cost analysis integration within the U.S. Air Force, has been appointed to oversee the service branch's budget operations and personnel as director. He will perform his new duties within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, the Department of Defense said Monday.

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Jennifer Costello Takes Lead as DHS Acting Inspector General

Jennifer Costello, deputy inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, will take on the new role as the agency’s acting inspector general, replacing John Kelly, who was scheduled to retire June 10, The Hill reported Monday. “I accelerated my retirement because I feel it’s in the best interest of the organization and its employees,” Kelly said in a statement. 

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Kenneth Cuccinelli Appointed Acting Citizenship & Immigration Services Director

Kenneth Cuccinelli, former attorney general of Virginia, has been named acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the Department of Homeland Security. “I look forward to working with the men and women of USCIS to ensure our legal immigration system operates effectively and efficiently while deterring fraud and protecting the American people,” Cuccinelli said in a statement published Monday.

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Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager to Lead Army 40th Infantry Division

Brig. Gen. Laura Yeager, commander of the Joint Task Force North within Northern Command, will assume command of the U.S. Army’s 40th infantry division on June 29, The Orange County Register reported Thursday. She will succeed the retiring Maj. Gen. Mark Malanka during a ceremony at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos, Calif later this month.

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