AFFIRM elects Hobbs as new president

AFFIRM elects Hobbs as new president

Systems management association gives nod to USDA's deputy CIO, names six other officers to posts

The Association for Federal Information Resource Management has elected Ira L. Hobbs as its new president.


IT officials mingle at a recent AFFIRM lunch in Washington. At left, AFFIRM president Ira Hobbs makes a point to Emory Miller. The Defense Department's Deidre Lee, below, and Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.), top right, accept two of seven annual leadership awards handed out at the lunch. The other winners were DOD's Paul Brubaker, lower right, talking to Oracle Corp.'s Robert Golas; the IRS' Robert Barr; GCN's Thomas R. Temin; Federal Computer Week's Edith Holmes; and Government Executive's Steven Vito.


'I am looking forward to a very exciting, challenging and productive year,' said Hobbs, deputy chief information officer of the Agriculture Department. 'AFFIRM is an organization where industry and government professionals come together to share knowledge and insights, and build the kind of relationships that are invaluable as we all try to stay abreast of the rapidly changing information technology landscape. AFFIRM members know that knowledge-sharing is power.'

The association also elected six additional officers:

' Vice president: Emory Miller, director of IT professional development at the General Services Administration

' Co-vice presidents for programs: Steve Hufford, manager of the Environmental Protection Agency's Systems Development Center, and Harold Klink, vice president of SI International Inc. of Vienna, Va.

' Secretary: Kenneth Touloumes, an official of AverStar Inc. of Burlington, Mass.

' Co-treasurers: Ernesto Castro, special assistant for major systems liaison at the Veterans Affairs Department, and Leslie Barry, director of business development at Computer Sciences Corp.

AFFIRM's elected officials serve in their posts for one year.

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