The Internal Revenue Service has appointed Arthur A. Gross as its new chief information officer, replacing Hank Philcox, who retired last year. Gross was selected as a result of a nationwide search.

As the deputy tax commissioner for revenue and information technology with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Gross directed the modernization of New York's tax systems.

At the IRS, he will be in charge of the technical aspects of Tax Systems Modernization, reporting to associate commissioner for TSM Judy Van Alfen.

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Air Force Lt. Gen. C. Norman Wood (ret.) has been named president and chief executive officer of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. He takes on his position April 1, succeeding Adm. James Busey IV, who is retiring.

Wood leaves his position as senior vice president and general manager at BDM Federal Inc., where he managed national security and technology applications programs and marketing.

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Ron Baklarz has joined House Information Resources in the House of Representatives as the new security manager. For the past 15 years he worked in Westinghouse's naval nuclear program, where he developed the company's security program.

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Helen M. Wood, director of the Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has received the highest-level service award granted by the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Wood is being recognized for her exceptional contributions to the society, of which she has been an active member since 1978, and to the computing profession.

At NOAA, Wood directs the operation of a space and Earth-based system that processes and distributes real-time data gathered by NOAA and other environmental satellites.


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