Preston to leave DOD C olleen Preston the Defense Department's deputy undersecretary for acquisition reform during most of the Clinton administration resigned unexpectedly Thursday after nearly four years in office.

"She indicated she felt the time was right to take a break from the challenge of overseeing the acquisition reform effort at the DOD " a DOD spokeswoman said.

Preston had indicated as recently as last week that she planned to pursue "an aggressive agenda" this year. There was no information available at press time about what her next position would be.

Paul Kaminski Defense assistant undersecretary for acquisition and technology said in a statement that Preston's "presence and guiding hand will be badly missed as DOD continues to push hard on its program of acquisition reform."

Preston was DOD's point person in negotiations with Capitol Hill on the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act of 1994 and the Clinger-Cohen Act enacted last year.

The position is expected to be filled by a career staff person until a permanent appointee is named.Stevens unhappy with Post-FTS plans

Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee this month said he was dissatisfied with the General Services Administration's strategy for the Post-FTS 2000 program and asked the Office of Management and Budget to address his concerns before Congress authorizes the program to proceed.

In a Jan. 9 letter to OMB director Frank Raines Stevens questioned GSA's authority to award governmentwide telecom contracts GSA's statements that it will not buy from resellers whether the program's predicted savings will actually justify its acquisition strategy and GSA's decision not to buy bundled services.

John Okay deputy commissioner of GSA's Federal Telecommunications Service refused to comment on Stevens' letter.Fitzgerald goes to Netscape

Kevin Fitzgerald has left his position as vice president and general manager of government sales at Oracle Government for a sales post at Netscape Communications Corp. Fitzgerald left Oracle Government late last month.

He has been replaced by Joe Duffy formerly vice president of government and Defense operations at Oracle Government. Fitzgerald could not be reached for comment last week.PTO taps CBSI for $100M pact

On Friday the Patent and Trademark Office awarded Computer Based Systems Inc. its Facilities Management/End-User Support contract potentially worth $100 million over five years. Among other things CBSI is expected to provide software and hardware support and network management.


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