FAA's first Y2K director leaves job to return to Air Traffic Services

FAA's first Y2K director leaves job to return to Air Traffic Services

Ray Long moves to the Airways Facilities Division of Air Traffic Services after a stint as FAA's 2000 program director.

Ray Long, the Federal Aviation Administration's first year 2000 program director, has gone back to his roots in Air Traffic Services.

Long last month became the director of operations support within FAA's Airways Facilities Division of Air Traffic Services. Mary Powers King, Long's deputy year 2000 program director, became acting director of the year 2000 office.

"By no means is this a shake-up or a demotion," FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto said. "All jobs in the year 2000 office are temporary. Ray saw us through to the June 30 deadline, and he has left the office in good shape."

FAA met the June deadline it had set for completing work on date code fixes, although it was three months behind the Office of Management and Budget's March 31 readiness deadline. The agency had no strategy for tackling the date code problem when Long became the year 2000 program director early last year [GCN, March 29, Page 9].

As operations director, Long oversees all the second-level hardware, software and engineering support for FAA's field facilities. Before taking the agencywide year 2000 post, Long was the year 2000 manager for Air Traffic Services and an air traffic controller.

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