EPA's Slaymaker steps down after 36 years

EPA's Slaymaker steps down after 36 years

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

Jerry Slaymaker, a high-ranking information technology executive at the Environmental Protection Agency, has left EPA after more than 36 years of service.

Slaymaker, who was the senior adviser to EPA's chief information officer, left his post last week. He will take a job as the senior manager for the public services division of KPMG Peat Marwick of New York.

IT exec Jerry Slaymaker plans to 'see what life is like on the other side.'

'Jerry has been invaluable to the agency,' said Alvin Pesachowitz, EPA's acting CIO.

In former posts at the agency, as director and deputy director of the National Technology Services Division in Research Triangle Park, N.C., Slaymaker helped maintain EPA's systems infrastructure, Pesachowitz said. Slaymaker also held other senior IT management positions at the agency.

In light of the agency's recent revamping of its systems organizations, Pesachowitz said he did not expect to fill Slaymaker's post. In his most recent job, Slaymaker provided guidance on issues such as knowledge management, project management and IT investment.

In 1998 he was president of the Government IT Executive Council, and he is also a member of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils.

Slaymaker said one advantage of a government job is that there is always an opportunity for a second career outside of government. 'Now would be a good time to see what life is like on the other side,' he said.

Slaymaker's move is the latest in a recent string of departures of high-level government IT executives. The loss of key systems managers is becoming an increasingly crucial problem for agencies, according to a recent survey by the IT Association of America of Arlington, Va.

Also, many senior federal IT workers are nearing retirement age.

Aware of the concerns about filling IT posts, the CIO Council has been focusing on IT work force problems generally and is working with the Office of Personnel Management and the National Academy of Public Administration to study how salaries affect federal recruitment and retention efforts.


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