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People on the Move


'I think people will start taking protective actions more seriously. Things on the back burner will get more attention.'

'Alan Paller, director of the SANS Institute, predicting a new emphasis on cybersecurity in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks [Page 9]

'If the federal government is to harness the full power of information technology, it must have a well-skilled work force. The current human resources management system will not do it.'

'Costis Toregas, director of a National Academy of Public Administration study that recommends eliminating the GS-level system [Page 16]

Stephen VanderLinden, of the Support Contracts Branch of the IRS' Office of Procurement Operations, has won the inaugural Ida M. Ustad Award for Excellence in Acquisition.

The General Services Administration created the award this year. GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry presented it at the Interagency Resources Management Conference recently in Hershey, Pa.

VanderLinden was honored for spearheading an acquisition effort that included educational seminars on tax topics that were broadcast live via satellite and the Internet throughout the year.

The award is named for the late Ida M. Ustad, a longtime GSA employee who was vital in acquisition reform. Ustad started with GSA in 1971 as a clerical assistant and became deputy associate administrator for acquisition policy. Her work included contributions to rewriting part of the Federal Acquisition Regulation and to the Clinger-Cohen Act. She died in November 1999.

Meanwhile, another longtime GSA employee, Betty Moore, was honored at IRMCO with a standing ovation from the opening dinner crowd of 500 attendees.

Conference director Emory Miller called Moore, who's the operations manager for the conference, to the stage to thank her for her years of service to IRMCO and GSA. Moore has been with GSA since 1967, Miller said, adding, 'You didn't know that GSA was hiring elementary school students in those days, did you?'


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