Gregory Casey, Senate's IT chief, will leave post

One of Gregory Casey’s
duties was to plan the date code repairs for the Senate.

The Senate’s top technology chief, Senate Sergeant at Arms Gregory Casey, is
leaving his post Nov. 8.

James Ziglar, an attorney and managing director of the operating committee at Paine
Webber Group Inc. of New York, will replace Casey. He will be responsible for getting all
systems in the Senate ready for 2000 and will oversee the replacement of the Senate’s
two biggest legacy systems.

Casey said he is leaving the office’s information technology organization better
off than when he came to the job in September 1996, he said. Before that, he worked in
various congressional offices.

During his tenure, Casey established the Office of Operations to deal with Senate date
code repair work.

“My leaving will not affect the Senate’s ability to prepare for the year
2000,” he said.

When he arrived there were many divisions handling pieces of data, voice or video, and
no one knew what anyone else was doing, he said.

“The budget is $7 million less than when I got here and $20 million less than what
the budget was projected to be by this time,” Casey said. The office’s staff is
also down 10 percent since 1996, he said.

Under Casey, the Senate began replacing Legis, a 20-year-old amendment tracking system.
Maintaining Legis is difficult, a Sergeant at Arms staff member said.

Under the omnibus spending bill, Ziglar has 30 days to submit a report to Congress
before building any new systems. The report will compare costs, services, and other
aspects of the old system and the new system.

Casey said he has no immediate plans for the future.   

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