The U.S. Postal Service has named Ross Philo as CIO and executive vice president. Prior to his new position, Philo worked in the technology and energy sectors in various executive positions. He takes over a department that supports more than 28,000 locations nationwide and more than 650 applications that help move mail 24/7.

Other federal news: The White House nominated Richard Mangogna to be the Homeland Security Department's CIO; in March, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission named Kimberly Hancher as its new CIO; Suzanne Hilding, formerly acting CIO at the Commerce Department, has taken on the position permanently. Hilding had been acting CIO for the past five months, following the resignation of Barry West.

Jim Bryant, South Carolina's CIO has resigned, according to the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Tom Lucht has been named the state's interim CIO.

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg appointed Kamal Bherwani CIO of Health and Human Services (HHS) and executive director of HHS-Connect, a new system that will link more than a dozen city agencies so caseworkers can share client information without compromising confidentiality.

Portland, Ore., appointed Mark Greinke as the new chief technology officer. Greinke has been with the city for more than three years and first served as Portland's information security manager. Greinke joined the city following 11 years with Intel Corp., in Hillsboro, Ore., where he led technology initiatives to move many business processes from paper to online transactions and the automation of the latest chip factories.

Dan Lohrmann, chief information security officer (CISO) of Michigan and a columnist for Public CIO, was named the 2008 CSO of the year by SC Magazine for outstanding achievement in information technology security.