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Vice President Al Gore this month handed out Presidential Rank Awards for Meritorious Service to six employees at the General Services Administration.

The winners were William Gormley, assistant commissioner for acquisition, for streamlining the acquisition process; Ida Ustad, deputy associate administrator for acquisition policy, for helping to improve the federal procurement process; John Okay, former deputy commissioner of the Federal Technology Service, for leadership in telecommunications projects; Brian Polly, assistant commissioner for property disposal at GSA's Public Buildings Service (PBS), for asset management; Linda Vandenberg, former controller of GSA's Federal Technology Service, for cost-cutting; and Jan Ziegler, assistant regional administrator for PBS in the mid-Atlantic region, for her work on performance measurement.

President Clinton nominated Maj. Gen. John Woodward as the new director of command, control, communications and computer systems (J-6) for the Joint Staff. Woodward, who currently serves as the J-6 for the North American Air Defense Command and the Space Command, will replace Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Buchholz.

The president also nominated Vice Adm. William Natter as the Navy's director of space, information warfare, command and control. Natter, commander of the 7th Fleet, will replace Vice Adm. Art Cebrowski, who is slated to take over as president of the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

Maj. Gen. Gregory Martin was tapped to serve as Air Force principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition. Martin currently serves as director of operational requirements on the Air Force staff in the Pentagon.

The Agriculture Department's Purchase Card Implementation Team received a Hammer Award for developing the USDA's purchase card management system. Suzanne Poetz was the team's leader, and W.R. Ashworth was the team's senior procurement executive.

Sandra Lawrence last week was named vice president of administration at Gateway 2000 Inc. Lawrence previously served as general manager of Gateway's Kansas City, Mo., facility.

SRA International Inc. this month appointed six vice presidents: Hal Boylan, VP and director of civilian agency programs; Pat Burke, VP for Year 2000 services; Tim Cooke, VP for defense business systems; Joan Osbourne, VP for information management and technology; Michael Reingruber, VP and director of financial services; and Linda Skelton, VP for information management and technology.

Edward "Sonny" Masso last month was named vice president of business development at Techmatics Inc., Fairfax, Va. He will be responsible for marketing the company's professional services to Defense and civilian agencies.

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