The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 16, 2010
Teri Takai nomination to federal post hits snag

100816 Teri_Takai2.jpgIt looks like state Chief Information Officer Teri Takai's (left) move to a federal Defense Department post has hit a snag.

On Aug. 3, the Senate Armed Services Committee was supposed to consider her nomination by President Barack Obama to become assistant secretary of defense for networks and Information Integration. But the committee removed her name from the panel of nominees, which you can see by clicking here.

Two days later, Federal Computer Week reported that the hearing was iced "while Defense Secretary Robert Gates makes good on his promise to slash the defense budget by reviewing the organization's structure."

100816 Locatis.JPGWe called the state Office of the State Information Officer for comment, particularly what this means for Michael Locatis (right), the former Colorado CIO who Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hired into a deputy post just below Takai, apparently to position him to take her place. The office has referred us to the Defense Department. You can read more about the Locatis hiring here.

Hat tip to John Thomas Flynn of and an anonymous caller for flagging this for The State Worker.

PHOTO CREDITS: Teri Takai /; Michael Locatis /

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