Claudia Bennett assistant commissioner for strategic and program planning at the General Services Administration's Federal Telecommunications Service withdrew her application for retirement last month and will begin this month on detail at GSA's Office of Personnel.
She will serve as acting director for training and organizational development. Clyde McShan II former Commerce Department deputy chief financial officer and director for financial management has joined Computer Data Systems Inc. as vice president. McShan will contribute to the growth of CDSI's financial management system business and develop new business opportunities in the New Orleans region.
Others leaving Commerce: Thomas Scott director of the Office of Information Planning and Review retired in November and James Thomas senior information resources management official in the Minority Business Development Agency retired in December.
Kathleen Kelly was named head of the Satellite Operations Control Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's facility in Suitland Md. She was most recently the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite navigation leader at the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service. She replaces Lou Barbieri who retired in August.
Samuel Venneri has been named chief technologist at NASA headquarters where he will serve as the principal adviser and advocate for agencywide technology policy and programs. Venneri previously directed the Spacecraft Systems Division in the former Office of Space Access and Technology.
Eugenia Kalnay director of the National Weather Service's Environmental Modeling Center was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Achievement. She was given the award for leadership in improving computer models which are the foundation of accurate and timely weather forecasts. GTE Government Systems has appointed Don Arnold to be business development manager for its Information Systems Division. Arnold an officer of the Industry Advisory Council formerly was director of government business for Cincom Systems Inc.