John Koskinen deputy director of management at the Office of Management and Budget last week announced his retirement date would be July 9. Koskinen said he planned to "take a sabbatical" with his wife to "go see places we have always wanted to see." As previously reported Koskinen has not yet revealed his long-term plans.


The Association for Federal Information Resources Management (Affirm) this month selected new officers for 1997-1998. Gloria Parker chief information officer at the Education Department will serve as president Alan Balutis deputy CIO at the Commerce Department was elected vice president Candace Hardesty acting director of strategic planning and program administration at the Treasury Department will share the title of co-vice president for programs with Mark Zoellner director of marketing at Abacus Technology Corp. Manny De Vera the program director at the National Institutes of Health took on the position of secretary Chris Folger program development director at Unisys Corp.'s Federal Systems Division accepted the post of treasurer and Terry Forrest assistant administrative support team leader in the Office of Information Resources Management at the Environmental Protection Agency will serve as the associate treasurer.


Affirm this month also handed out its annual awards. Joe Thompson CIO at the General Services Administration won the IRM Executive Leadership Award Steven Kelman administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy received the Acquisitions Leadership Award Jim Flyzik acting CIO at Treasury took the Service to the Citizen Leadership Award and Renny DiPentima president of SRA Federal Systems won the Industry Leadership Award.


Gene Turley was appointed vice president of marketing and sales at Hughes Data Systems. Turley has worked for Hughes Aircraft Co. since 1969 and served as director of marketing for Hughes Data Systems before his new appointment this month.


Rob Konosky former head of the Competitive Analysis Group at Electronic Data Systems Corp. was appointed senior marketing analyst at Federal Sources Inc.'s Fedmark Division. The division also appointed Samuel Graber formerly of Resource Consultants Inc. to the position of Fed 500 research analyst.


Retired Adm. William A. Owens president and chief operating officer of Science Applications International Corp. last week received the 1997 David Sarnoff Award from the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association. Owens was recognized for his contributions as the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Past David Sarnoff Award winners include vice president Al Gore and William Perry the former secretary of Defense.


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