Balutis will leave NIST to helm advisory councils

Balutis will leave NIST to helm advisory councils

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

JAN. 24'Alan P. Balutis will leave his post as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program to become executive director and chief operating officer for the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils and the Industry Advisory Council.

'It's a tremendous opportunity, and it's difficult to leave the public sector after 25 years,' Balutis said. 'I will continue to work with industry-government partnerships and work on e-government issues, areas that are very special to me.'

This is the first time that an executive director will serve both FGIPC and IAC.

Balutis, who plans to start the new job next month, said clearing up the backlog of unobligated balances, improving financial management and bringing more visibility to NIST were his major achievements as director.

Balutis was appointed director of the Advanced Technology Program in April after serving as the Commerce Department's chief information officer. He started at Commerce in 1979, and worked as a senior program analyst and as a manager of information systems and budget organizations.

Balutis has also been a key member of the CIO Council. He was named last year to be one of three people on its E-Government Committee.

'He not only understands and supports our mission, but he also fully understands the technology and the environment we work within,' FGIPC president James D. Buckner said.

IAC chairman Bob Lohfeld said Balutis' appointment will bring the two organizations closer together.

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