John Koskinen becomes D.C. deputy mayor

John Koskinen becomes D.C. deputy mayor

SEPT. 1—Washington, D.C., Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) has named John A. Koskinen, former chairman of the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion, as one of the city's deputy mayors.

Koskinen, 61, officially takes over the job on Sept. 22, with responsibility for city administration. Other deputy mayors head up departments broadly responsible for economic development, children and families, and public safety. Find more information at www.washingtondc.gov/mayor/organization.htm.

Many credit Koskinen's coordination of year 2000 preparations with helping to avert a national computer crisis on Jan. 1.

Year 2000 was the world's biggest management challenge in 50 years, Koskinen said. 'To the extent that we see the results of a phenomenal amount of effort by individuals and the expenditure of a substantial amount of resources resulting in a positive result, I think that we should not underestimate the nature of the problem that was originally there,' he said. [See story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no1/news/1137-1.html.]

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