People on the Move

People on the Move


'If your secretary, administrator or director hasn't determined that [a modernization project] is going to be one of their top priorities, then it's probably going to get whacked.'

'Roger Baker, former Commerce Department CIO [Page 32]

'This chain letter deceptively claims the program is legal and urges recruits who question its legitimacy to contact the FTC's associate director for marketing practices. Well, I am the associate director for marketing practices, and these chain letters are illegal.'

'FTC's Eileen Harrington, on e-mail spam scams [Page 7]

Year 2000 'was management by embarrassment. Nobody wanted to be the last to get their systems fixed.'

'David Wennergren, Navy deputy CIO for e-business and security, on the lessons
of Y2K for systems security [Page 51]

Two senior officials working on e-government initiatives retired recently.

Howard Landon, director of special projects for the Energy Department's CIO, retired Jan. 3 to work for Booz, Allen & Hamilton, a consulting firm in McLean, Va.

Landon was a member of the team that helped the Office of Management and Budget select the 24 programs for the White House's e-gov initiative. He left just after Karen Evans took over as Energy CIO. His replacement has not been named.

Meanwhile, Terrence Tychan, deputy assistant secretary for grants and acquisition management at the Health and Human Services Department, retired on Feb. 1. He oversaw the development of the HHS
e-grants portal.

Mark Weisman, the director for acquisition management who oversees policy and contracts at HHS, has become the acting deputy assistant secretary for grants and acquisition management.

Harry D. Gatanas, who for the last two years has been the National Security Agency's senior acquisition executive, has joined Metromedia Fiber Network Inc. of White Plains, N.Y., as president of government operations.

Gatanas, a retired Army major general, held several high-level contracting positions with the Defense Department during a 30-year career in government. He became the Army's key staff officer for weapons systems acquisition at the Pentagon in 1996.

Former astronaut and Marine Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden has been nominated to become the next deputy administrator for NASA.

NASA administrator Sean O'Keefe and the White House nominated Bolden early this month. A veteran of four shuttle flights, Bolden currently is commanding general of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.

Bob Welch, former senior procurement executive at the Commerce Department, is now a partner in Acquisition Solutions Inc. of Chantilly, Va. Welch left Commerce in January 2000 to join the company.

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