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Soloway chosen for DOD post

Stan Soloway has been selected as the next Defense deputy undersecretary for acquisition reform, filling a slot that has been open since Colleen Preston resigned from the job last year, sources familiar with the appointment said last week. The White House must give final approval to the appointment.

Soloway is a consultant to the Contract Services Association. He has lobbied on behalf of the group on procurement reform legislation and regulatory issues.

Clinton nominates Lee for OFPP

As expected, President Clinton last week nominated Deidre Lee to become the new administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. Lee has served as NASA's associate administrator for procurement since March 1993.

NIH picks CIO

The National Institutes of Health has chosen Al Graeff, Information Systems Division chief with the agency's Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, as its first chief information officer, sources familiar with the appointment said last week.

GAO report calls IRS blueprint incomplete

A General Accounting Office report published last month has concluded that although the Internal Revenue Service's modernization blueprint is a "good first step," the blueprint is not complete and gives insufficient details for building or acquiring new systems.

The report notes that the blueprint "does not define in sufficient detail any of the systems life-cycle processes needed to manage technology investments. As a result, the IRS does not yet know how systems will actually be designed, developed, tested or acquired." The Tax Systems Modernization Blueprint is a guideline for the agency to provide faster, easier tax services to the public through the improved use of information technology.

NSF announces new vBNS connections

The National Science Foundation announced last week that 29 additional institutions will be connected to its very high-performance Backbone Network Service, allowing scientists and engineers throughout the country to share powerful computing and information resources.

This latest round of connections brings to 92 the total number of institutions approved for connections. NSF will connect up to 150 additional institutions should Congress continue to support NSF's role in the Next Generation Internet initiative.

Agriculture CIO could get fiscal control

Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) last week introduced a bill that would give the Agriculture Department's chief information officer, Anne Reed, control over a certain percentage of USDA agency funds. Under the USDA Year 2000 Compliance Enhancement Act, these funds would be used to make all mission-critical systems Year 2000-compliant and to create a single, departmentwide information system.

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