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Dunkin to be Energy CIO

Ann Dunkin will be the next CIO of the Department of Energy, sources close to the matter have told FedScoop. Dunkin's start date hasn't officially been set, but she will join the department soon. Dunkin was the CIO of the Environmental Protection Agency in the closing years of the Obama administration, and since then has focused her work on state and local governments. More on Dunkin.

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Cutts departs USDS

As one IT leader returns to government, another is on his way out. Matt Cutts announced his departure as the administrator of the U.S. Digital Service in a Medium post Wednesday. When Cutts joined in 2016, two years into USDS’s existence, he only intended to stay on three to six months. Deputy Administrator Edward Hartwig will fill the role in an acting capacity until a new administrator is appointed. Dave Nyczepir has this.

VA puts EHR roll out on pause

The Department of Veterans Affairs will pause the launch of its modernized electronic health record (EHR) at new sites until it has finished with a review of the system to examine critical issues. VA officials told lawmakers they want time to examine any potential problems with the EHR at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington — the first facility to bring the system online. Jackson Barnett has more.

The White House throws the kitchen sink at Russia

President Biden on Thursday announced a flurry of sanctions and expulsions of Russian diplomats over Moscow’s alleged cyber-operations and election interference while formally blaming the SVR for the SolarWinds breaches. Among the sanctioned are six Russian tech firms accused of supporting Moscow’s hacking sprees. The White House argued that SolarWinds was not espionage as usual.

Sean Lyngaas has this on CyberScoop.

USCIS to automate immigration function

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is working to automate functions to pre-process immigration cases for adjudication. New tools will dissect supporting evidence related to immigration cases, making it easier for adjudicators to make decisions to award people benefits like green cards, CTO Rob Brown said. More from Dave.

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