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Hardesty Heads to the Private Sector

Candace Hardesty has left her position in the Education Department and will join Guerra, Kiviat, Flyzik & Associates -and her husband, Jim Flyzik — starting June 1. Hardesty was director of acquisition and contract performance in the Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs at Education.

Hardesty will be running the firm's training and events division as the company aims to teach vendors the ins and outs of performance-based management, said consultant Robert Guerra.

"In our business, you've got to stay ahead of market trends," Guerra said. "It's performance and outcomes that matter more than the technology these days. If you're going to be successful in sales and marketing to feds, you better understand enterprise architecture, an agency's mission and how it maps to the President's Management Agenda."

In coordination with training, the company will also offer executive development to help companies structure themselves properly to handle performance-based management. "That's what our core competency is — helping them think through this," Guerra said.

ICG Adds One

The man who was the first state-level chief information officer in the country has joined ICG Government, a consulting firm based in Reston, Va., and affiliated with federal market intelligence company Input.

During the mid-1990s, John Thomas Flynn served as CIO for Massachusetts and then for California. He also was president of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives, now the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

At ICG, he joins Don Upson, former secretary of technology for Virginia, and Paul Brubaker, former deputy CIO at the Defense Department.

Flynn's experience at the state level makes him a good fit for ICG, Upson said. "He brings a lot of capability, and he knows this stuff."

Flynn, who will continue to live in California and commute often to Washington, D.C., said he would help the firm bring together a consortium of businesses that can offer full solutions to government buyers.

"What Paul and Don have created, I think, is an organization that really understands the marketplace and how decisions are made," Flynn said. "That's not an easy task."

Schmidt Lands at eBay

Howard Schmidt, who recently left his position as the White House's top information security adviser, is taking his expertise to eBay Inc., an Internet auction company.

He will be serving as eBay's chief security officer, said company spokesman Chris Donlay. Prior to his work for the White House, Schmidt was chief secu-rity officer at Microsoft Corp.

Schmidt announced last month that he would be leaving the Bush administration May 1 for the private sector.

He left his government job as many of the responsibilities of the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board — for which he served as vice chairman and then acting chairman — were being transferred to the Homeland Security Department.

Ronen Named Head of FGIPC/IAC

The boards of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils and the Industry Advisory Council last week named Joiwind Ronen the executive director of the two organizations.

Since 2002, Ronen has been managing director of consulting services at Touchstone Consulting Group Inc. in Washington, D.C. Touchstone provides government agencies and private-sector companies with strategy development and management services, strategic communication and program management advice.

Ronen also directed the intergovernmental technology leadership consortium at the Council for Excellence in Government from 1999 to 2002.

She replaces Alan Balutis, who served as executive director from March 2001 to January, when he resigned after a disagreement with the FGIPC and IAC boards over his outside consulting work. Balutis had been recognized as the force behind increasing IAC membership to record levels.

Ronen said her first priority would be to meet with the FGIPC and IAC boards to develop a strategy to support the boards' visions and members.

"I want to be clear on what the boards' three or four priorities are and align those with activities to make them happen," she said. "I see myself as more of a catalyst and a facilitator." Ronen also said she will focus on reinvigorating FGIPC membership.

HHS Hires Architect

Susan Warshaw has been tapped as the Department of Health and Human Services first chief enterprise architect. She joined the department in mid-April.

Her role will be to define HHS' enterprise architecture and set IT standards for the department, HHS officials said.

Warshaw was previously the chief IT architect for the Treasury Department's Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where she established the bureau's first target architecture in less than one year. n

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