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A nationwide network for linking health services is 'as urgent a need as missile defense. And we don't need a Cadillac. A good Ford will do just fine.'

'Elin Gursky, senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University's Center for Biodefense Strategies [Page 31]

'Any personnel action at any agency is a nightmare.'

'Rick Heroux, systems program manager at the Securities and Exchange Commission, on the government's daunting hiring process [Page 10]

'Actually, I'm embarrassed on how long it took us to reach this point.'

'G. Martin Wagner, associate administrator for governmentwide policy at the General Services Administration, on FirstGov's current capabilities [Page 1]

John Bailey has been named director of the Education Department's Office of Educational Technology.

He will advise the department on technology policy related to the nation's education programs.

Bailey replaces Linda Roberts, who served in the post during the Clinton administration. The job has been vacant for the past year.

Before joining Education, Bailey was director of educational technology for the Pennsylvania Education Department, where he was responsible for systems used by the state's educational institutions.

Carolyn Alston has retired as assistant commissioner for acquisition in the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service. She will become general counsel for the Washington Management Group Inc. of Washington, a consulting group.

Alston joins GSA's former assistant commissioner for contracts Paul Caggiano and former FSS assistant commissioner Bill Gormley, whom Alston replaced, at the company.

President Bush has signed the recess appointment of John W. Magaw as chief of the newly created Transportation Security Administration.

The new Transportation Department office will assume all airport security functions Feb. 17, including overseeing the systems that screen baggage and passengers. Congress mandated its creation after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to focus on the security of domestic transportation.

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has named Keith Comstock, West Virginia's chief technology officer, as the organization's liaison to the Federal CIO Council.

Comstock succeeds Wendy Rayner, who retired from her post as CIO of New Jersey when that state's administration changed parties following the November elections.

Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner has appointed George C. Newstrom as the state's new secretary of technology. Newstrom is senior vice president of Electronic Data Systems Corp. and president of EDS' Asian IT division.

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