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Ken Allen, a former senior policy analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, next week will take over as executive director of the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council.

He'll replace Joiwind Ronen, who led the organizations for two years.

Allen worked for three presidential administrations overseeing IT acquisition and management. He helped craft the executive branch's recommendations on the Electronic Communications Act, the Computer Security Act and the Paperwork Reduction Act. He also directed the agency implementation of the Privacy Act.

After leaving OMB, Allen was executive vice president of the National Newspaper Association and founder of the Allen Group consulting firm.

He currently is executive director for the Partnership for Public Warning, a public-private organization that fosters tools for warning citizens during emergencies.

Asa Hutchinson, the first undersecretary for border and transportation security in the Homeland Security Department, has joined the board of directors of Saflink Corp. of Bellevue, Wash.

Hutchinson left DHS March 1, a little more than two years after the Senate confirmed him. Before DHS, he was administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration for two years, and before that a three-term Republican congressman from Arkansas. He reportedly is considering a run for Arkansas governor.

Retired Gen. Paul J. Kern, former commander of the Army Materiel Command, has joined the board of directors of Anteon International Corp. of Fairfax, Va.

Kern retired from the command in November 2004, ending a 40-year Army career. He also works as a senior counselor at the Cohen Group of Washington.

While at the Materiel Command, Kern supported efforts to transform logistics through the use of IT.

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