Anne Thomson Reed was officially named chief information officer at the Agriculture Department after serving as acting CIO for one year. During the past year Reed has focused on implementing the Information Technology Management and Reform Act developing an IT architecture for the USDA cutting telecom costs and dealing with the Year 2000-conversion issue. She is responsible for merging system functions for three USDA agencies in the headquarters and the field under the Service Center Implementation program.

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Priscilla B. Carey has been named the new director of the USDA's Office of Operations. She has responsibility for nationwide mail-management programs facilities management in the Washington D.C. area and the headquarters functions of mail distribution duplicating services procurement forms and the USDA's furniture and supply warehouses. Carey previously was the associate deputy for operations.

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Pulsar Data Systems Inc. last month appointed Victor Smigel as the sales director of the company's blanket purchase agreement program. Smigel will be responsible for developing marketing programs and directing sales of Pulsar's BPAs with the Defense Department and civilian agencies. Smigel joined Pulsar from Computer Peripherals International Inc. where he was Eastern Area sales manager. Smigel also has managed federal programs for AST Computers and Bentley Systems.

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Eastman Kodak Co.'s Commercial and Government Systems Division last month appointed Susan Cardot manager of planning and administration. Cardot previously worked as a manager of planning and administration within one of the division's business centers.

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Paul McDermott former director of telecommunications at the General Services Administration's Federal Telecommunications Service Mid-Atlantic region late last month was approved as the region's assistant regional administrator. Joe Livecchi was named acting telecom director for the region.

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GSA contract specialist Chiquita Phillips last month was appointed coordinator of BPAs for the agency's Federal Acquisition Services for Technology program. She will oversee all BPAs awarded through the FAST program to eliminate the potential for excessive competition within the program.

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Don Porter a computer specialist at the Air Force Standard Systems Group (SSG) Montgomery Ala. recently completed his 40th year of government service picking up a commemorative pin and a certificate. Porter kicked off his career in 1956 with a four-year enlistment in the Air Force. He began his civil service career in 1961 at Brookley Air Force Base Ala. He was transferred to SSG then known as the Air Force Data Systems Design Center in June 1980. Porter now works in Base Level System Modernization as a computer specialist. Porter plans to retire in June 1999.

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Joe R. Reeder undersecretary of the Army the service's point man on acquisition reform has decided to leave his post and return to the private sector. The former Army Ranger will end his service before Oct. 1 1997 or sooner if a successor can be confirmed.

In his resignation letter Sept. 1 to Togo D. West Jr. secretary of the Army Reeder explained he had decided to go ahead with plans that he had made this spring to resign at the end of the fiscal year. "I'm grateful for the opportunity the president and the Senate gave me in November 1993 to work for America's soldiers and with many dynamic leaders in uniform and civilian " Reeder wrote to West. "I cannot adequately express my respect for their professionalism fortitude and selfless service."


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