IT guru will leave OMB for new 2000 post

In his new job, Bruce
McConnell will focus on international issues related to the year 2000.

Bruce W. McConnell, who has led agencies through many an information technology policy
change in the past 15 years from his post at the Office of Management and Budget, will now
focus exclusively on year 2000 issues at a new job in a new administration office.

McConnell will step down as OMB’s Information Policy and Technology Branch chief
in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to spearhead international year 2000
efforts for the President’s Council on Year 2000 Conversion.

McConnell will again be working with John A. Koskinen, chairman of the year 2000
council and a former OMB deputy director for management.

McConnell has had agency year 2000 oversight as a part of his OIRA bailiwick. At the
council, however, he will focus exclusively on international problems associated with date
code errors, an administration official said.

Jasmeet Seehra, a senior OIRA policy analyst, will take over for McConnell until OMB
names a permanent replacement.

The McConnell job move leaves another senior-management void at OIRA. Sally Katzen, the
former OIRA director, left for a White House post nearly a year ago [GCN, Jan. 26, 1998, Page 66].

Although Katzen’s deputy, Donald Arbuckle, has been acting director, that post
also has yet to be filled.

McConnell, who joined OMB in 1985 after practicing mechanical engineering in the
private sector, is one of the government’s leading experts on federal IT policy. He
has led much of the OMB effort to take on more day-to-day oversight of agency IT programs
in the wake of the IT Management and Reform Act.   


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