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Another IT-Related Appointment For Bush

Clay Johnson will lead five governmentwide initiatives in which IT plays an important role.
E-administrator Mark Forman, the top IT official in government, has a new boss. He's Clay Johnson III, chief of state for George W. Bush when he was Texas governor.

The Senate late Wednesday confirmed Johnson as deputy director for management in the White House Office of Management and Budget.

As deputy director, the No. 2 post at OMB, Johnson leads the implementation of the president's formal management agenda, which includes five governmentwide initiatives in which IT plays an important role: strategic management of human capital, competitive sourcing, improved financial performance, expanded electronic government, and budget and performance integration.

Johnson also oversees four statutory management offices: Federal Procurement Policy, Federal Financial Management, Information and Regulatory Affairs, and Electronic Government, the last headed by Forman.

The new deputy director moved to Washington with Bush in January 2001, serving as assistant to the president for presidential personnel, overseeing an office that identifies and recruits 4,000 senior officials, middle managers, and part-time board and commission members. Johnson worked as Gov. Bush's appointments director and then as his chief of staff.