Pulp-free. Air Force officials are enthusiastic about getting away from paper documents, and they are reviewing electronic publishing products that are compliant with the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment, said Col. Bernie Skoch, director of the service's chief information officer support.

Shipping papers is expensive, and sending more documents electronically would save the service a lot of money, he said. The Air Force has so far been using electronic forms software from JetForm Corp. of Ottawa, purchased through a site license with BTG Inc. of Fairfax, Va.

On watch. Diann L. McCoy recently took the post of deputy manager of the National Communication System, a confederation of 23 agencies that is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency and is responsible for ensuring that the nation's communications networks continue to operate during a crisis. In her new job, she is responsible for oversight of day-to-day policy, program and technical activities related to national security and emergency preparedness communications.

McCoy had been deputy director of DISA's command, control, communication, computers and intelligence program integration directorate since 1996. In that job, she managed programs including the Defense Information Systems Network, the Defense Message System, the Global Command and Control System, and the Global Combat Support System.

Whew. If Marine Corps officials hadn't corrected a faulty module in their Total Force Structure software before Jan. 1, the system would have shown that 22,000 Marines were in arrears for bond payments. The software would have listed a key date as being in 1900, said Brig. Gen. Robert M. Shea, the service's chief information officer.

The system automatically deducts the bond payments from Marines' pay.

The only year 2000-related anomaly that Marine officials had to fix early last month was the Combat Development Command's system for determining troop requirements for forward deployments and other needs, Shea said.

A booster. Before leaving the post of Defense Department deputy chief information officer on Jan. 28, Marvin J. Langston showed support for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet procurement.

'It is an extrapolation of what I was working on' while serving as the Navy's CIO, Langston said. Outsourcing segments of information technology management and coming up with monthly costs for seat management helps officials 'stabilize funding flow, rather than having ebbs and flows,' he said.

'Bill Murray


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