Comings and goings

On Aug. 1, Air Force Maj. Gen. Paul Nielsen will become the new chief executive officer and director of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. After 32 years, Nielsen is retiring from the service, where he served most recently as chief technology officer in charge of science and technology investments.

Nielsen is packing for the move to Pittsburgh from his home in Ohio, where he headed the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He said the challenges of his new position will be familiar: wrestling with weaknesses in software engineering practices and striving to improve software integrity.

In an interview with Federal Computer Week, Nielsen said he will face those challenges as an optimist, "because, really, in technology, almost anything is possible if you work hard enough at it."

Bush administration officials have announced they intend to make a recess appointment of Michael Gallagher to be assistant secretary of the Commerce Department for communications and information.

President Bush had nominated Gallagher Oct. 14, 2003, but the Senate has not acted on the nomination.

More on these staffing changes is available on the Download at

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