Commerce deputy CIO Balutis moving to NIST

Commerce deputy CIO Balutis moving to NIST

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

MARCH 30 — Alan P. Balutis will leave his job as the Commerce Department's deputy chief information officer to become director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program.

When asked why he was taking the post, Balutis said, "Because the secretary [of Commerce, William M. Daley,] asked." But he said he is also looking forward to the challenge. ATP started under the Bush administration and has taken off dramatically. The Clinton administration has called the program important to high-technology growth, he said.

Balutis, who has been a key member of the CIO Council and recently was named as one of the three people to head its new E-Government Committee, said he will continue to be "as involved as I can be" with that organization.

Balutis has been at Commerce since 1979, having served as a senior program analyst and as a manager of information systems and budget organizations.

NIST's Advanced Technology Program, whose Web site is at www.atp.nist.gov, is a decade-old, $200 million organization that funds pre-competitive emerging technology. ATP seeks to bridge the funding gap between research labs and the marketplace, stimulating economic prosperity through innovation, the organization says.

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