Joe Thompson chief information officer at the General Services Administration announced this month he will retire from federal service in December. Thompson said in a statement he will be "returning to private life." GSA has not announced Thompson's replacement. Don Venneberg deputy CIO at GSA also will retire by January.
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Richard Chapman chief of telecommunications at the Transportation Department will move to the Justice Department on Oct. 27 as director of telecommunications.
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The Industry Advisory Council this month presented its annual government awards. Jim Flyzik deputy assistant secretary for information systems and CIO at the Treasury Department received the Special Achievement and Leadership Award for his work promoting governmentwide information technology initiatives to improve customer service and efficiency. Steven Kelman former administrator at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy also won the award for his work on procurement reform.
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Anthony Castellano telecom manager at GSA's Center for Regional Services Management was awarded Special Recognition for Coordination of Governmentwide Information Technology Programs for his contributions to programs included in the National Performance Review's Access America Report. Kathleen Adams assistant deputy commissioner for systems at the Social Security Administration won IAC's Leadership Award for promoting awareness of the Year 2000 challenge.
Chuck Liptz a systems analyst at SSA's Office of Systems Requirements won the Electronic Government Award for his work on a project that allows small businesses to securely transmit reports to SSA over the Internet. The Electronic Government Award also was awarded to the leaders of the Defense Medical Logistics Support Program to reduce the Defense Department's medical inventory.
The Environmental Protection Agency's Community Partnering for Environmental Results project team won a Promoting Support Mechanisms Award for creating a prototype learning system for community-based environmental protection. Additionally the group that developed the innovative procurement approach used to acquire the Energy Department's Telecommunications Integrator Services contract also received a Promoting Support Mechanisms Award.* * * * *
The Federal Aviation Administration chose Robert A. Wright to manage the Technical Programs Division in the organization's Flight Standards Service. He will develop rules and regulations standards programs policies and procedures for the technical flight aspects of air navigation of U.S. commercial aircraft and all operations in U.S. airspace. Wright previously was manager of the FAA's General Aviation and Vertical Flight Office.* * * * *
Linda Mesaros deputy associate administrator for procurement innovation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy is now handling electronic commerce issues. She takes over for Wayne Wittig who recently retired.