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Energy Department intelligence director John A. Russack will serve as program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, which will seek to create a system for sharing terrorist information across federal agencies.

Last year's intelligence reform bill centralized control over spy agencies under a director of national intelligence and also mandated creation of the ISE.

Then-secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham named Russack to DOE's top intelligence post in February 2003 for a three-year stint. Russack has held several senior CIA jobs, including deputy chief of external operations and cover, deputy assistant director of central intelligence for collection and military deputy director of the agency's Nonproliferation Center.

As ISE program manager, Russack will be responsible for building an online system to connect existing terrorism information resources in various agencies.

Michael Griffin has taken the helm as NASA's 11th administrator, following his confirmation by the Senate this month. He will succeed Sean O'Keefe, who an- nounced his resignation in December 2004.

He said his first priority would be Return to Flight, the relaunch of the shuttle Discovery, scheduled for next month.

Griffin most recently ran the space department at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory. He worked at NASA in two previous stints, as chief engineer and associate administrator for exploration, and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also served as deputy for technology at the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and has been president and chief operating officer of In-Q-Tel Inc. of Arlington, Va., the technology venture capital firm funded by the CIA.

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