The FBI named Charles Archer assistant director of its Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), the national repository for criminal justice information and fingerprint services. Archer, a former FBI legal attache in Ottawa, Canada, replaces Steven Pomerantz, who retired in June.
Archer takes over the CJIS helm amid the implementation of two high-profile information technology programs: the modernization of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) 2000—a database of warrants, stolen property and missing persons—and the implementation of the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, which will allow the FBI to search, analyze and match scanned fingerprints against a database of as many as 40 million sets of fingerprints.
Also last week, the FBI named Harlin McEwen deputy assistant director at CJIS. McEwen, former chief of police in Ithaca, N.Y., is the first local police executive to be named to a top post in an FBI division.
* * *
R. David Albinson, formerly the chief information officer at Tenet Health Care Corp., Santa Monica, Calif., late last month took over as CIO for the Veterans Health Administration. Albinson will spearhead efforts to modify the VHA's automation infrastructure as part of an all-out reorganization of VA hospital operations.
* * *
Dr. Robert Kolodner, formerly chief of the VA's Medical IRM Office, will serve as deputy CIO. MIRMO's functions will be subsumed by Albinson's office and will no longer exist after Albinson's appointment is officially announced this month.
* * *
Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Steven Kelman said speculation that he will soon leave his post to return to Harvard University is premature.
Administration insiders and industry sources have suggested Kelman might resign before the year is out to reclaim his tenured position at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Kelman said, "I hope to be able to stay" as long as President Clinton supports him.
He added, however, that his time in Washington "depends on Harvard." Kennedy School spokesman Steve Singer said faculty members are allowed a leave of absence for only two years before they must resign their professorships.
Kelman reached that milestone last summer, although he said he and others who went to work for the Clinton administration "wouldn't have any problems until September '96." Singer said he could return only if Harvard reappoints him after a search to fill the open slot.
* * *
John Dineen, director of information resources management for the Labor Department, has retired after 28 years with the federal government.
Shirley Malia is serving as the acting IRM director until a permanent replacement is chosen.
Dineen started his career working for the Army in 1969 and joined Labor in 1980. He participated in several key programs, including the recompetition of the Host Computer Services contract, which handles major payroll and benefits systems for the department.
* * *
Larry Koskinen, a member of the Net Results Team at the National Performance Review, has accepted a position with the Council for Excellence in Government, a nonpartisan group of former government and private-sector executives interested in improving government management.
Koskinen was instrumental in the development of a number of government-related Web sites, including the Acquisition Reform Network.