In many IT shops, jobs roll over with new year

In many IT shops, jobs roll over with new year

Y2K gurus moving on as agencies shift management focus from remediation to other major projects

By Shruti Dat'
GCN Staff

In the wake of Jan. 1, expect to see some rounds of musical chairs within the government's information technology shops.

As agencies determine that systems are free of date code woes, they will begin reassigning workers who for months have been dedicated exclusively to year 2000 project teams.

In some cases, the workers themselves will be seeking new posts. Some shifting has already begun, most notably with the two leaders of the Chief Information Officers Council's Year 2000 Committee. They have both taken new jobs.

Off the top

Shirley A. Malia, the committee's chairwoman, recently moved to the Commerce Department's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office from her CIO post at the Labor Department. At CIAO, she will spearhead the government's efforts to establish a security cybercorps and attract new IT security workers by offering college scholarships in exchange for federal employment.

Kathleen Adams, the Social Security Administration's former assistant deputy commissioner of systems who led the agency's year 2000 efforts, took early retirement and left government last year for a job with SRA International Inc. of Arlington, Va.

Adams and Malia were co-chairwomen of the council's Year 2000 Committee.

Kenneth Howard, director of Labor's year 2000 conversion team, said he will go back to the Coal Mine Safety and Health Administration as its deputy administrator. Howard said he headed the conversion team because he brought crisis management skills to the table'he has no IT background.

Richard Lewis, who serves as a project manager on the Labor conversion team, said he hopes to work on Web projects at the department.

Pam Woodside, who led the year 2000 effort at the Housing and Urban Development Department, said she has been appointed HUD's director of system integration and efficiencies.

Year 2000 czar John A. Koskinen said he does not know what his next job will be after he finishes his duty as chairman of the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion.

Ditto for David E. Ames, the State Department's deputy CIO for year 2000. 'I'll continue in IT, probably,' he said.

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