And now for an update on CIO announcements in the public sector\u2026Florida Governor Jeb Bush tapped the Sunshine State\u2019s CIO, Simone Marstiller, to lead the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.\u00a0 Marstiller succeeds Diane Carr, who is returning to a career in law.\u00a0 Florida\u2019s legislature abolished the State Technology Office in July 2005.\u00a0 The IT functions that the State Technology Office performed were brought under the Department of Management Services.Marstiller, 41, had served as CIO since May 2004.\u00a0 Before that, she was Governor Bush\u2019s chief of staff.\u00a0 Previously, she was an attorney with the Department of Management Services and the Agency for Healthcare Administration.\u00a0 Before being appointed as chief information officer in May 2004, Marstiller served as a deputy chief of staff for Bush. She has also worked as a lawyer for the Department of Management Services and the Agency for Health Care Administration.Ohio Governor Bob Taft appointed Mary F. Carroll as the state\u2019s chief information officer and director of the office of information technology.\u00a0 Carroll had been serving as interim CIO since February of this year.\u00a0 She previously served as deputy state chief information officer for the Investment and Governance Division for the Office of Information Technology since January 2004. Graham Richard, the mayor of the second largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne, appointed Clifford M. Clarke the city\u2019s CIO and CTO.\u00a0 Most recently, Clarke worked for Lincoln Financial Group in its Technology Services Group as an assistant vice president.\u00a0 Prior to Lincoln Financial Group, he worked with K&K Insurance and SLE Worldwide.\u00a0 He began his career with GM.\u00a0 This coming Monday, August 22, Wayne Leiss steps into the CIO post at The Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the agency that regulates commodity futures and options markets.\u00a0 Leiss most recently worked for the Office of Management and Budget\u2019s Office of Federal Financial Management as its chief of federal financial systems.Jim Rinaldi left his post as the Food and Drug Administration\u2019s CIO to join Jet Propulsion Laboratory.\u00a0 The FDA named its IT program director, Fred Farmer, acting CIO until a permanent replacement is found. \u00a0\u00a0Farmer is currently working to reengineer the overall IT budgeting process for the FDA.\u00a0 Farmer came to FDA from ResortQuest International where he was CIO and president of one of its operating divisions.\u00a0 He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics, and has broad graduate coursework in Management Information Systems. By the way, Playboy Enterprises declined my request to interview its new CIO Mark Laudenslager. Seems the PR person found my blog offensive.