Paul Cosgrave, former chief executive of Claremont Technology Group, Beaverton, Ore., was selected as the new chief information officer for the Internal Revenue Service. Cosgrave previously had served as a consultant to the agency. The appointment is the first of a series that IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti is expected to make under the new personnel authority granted him by the newly enacted IRS reform bill.


Jim Flyzik, chairman of the federal CIO Council, last month welcomed eight new members: Roger Baker, Commerce Department CIO; Lt. Gen. Gregory Martin, deputy CIO at the Air Force; Linda Martin, deputy CIO at the Agency for International Development; David Nelson, deputy CIO at NASA; Peace Corps CIO Bill Piatt, who will serve on the council as a small-agency liaison; Kathleen Hirning, CIO at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, also a small-agency liaison; Yvette Jackson, deputy CIO at the Social Security Administration; and Harold Gracey, CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Mary Ellen Geoffroy, executive director of the Industry Advisory Council of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils, will leave the organization in mid-October to serve as director of government relations at IT Direct. Geoffroy said last week her replacement at IAC had not yet been named.


Gary Hobbs last week was named president of DynCorp Information & Engineering Technology Inc., Fairfax, Va. Hobbs previously served as president of Northrop Grumman Technical Services Inc. and the external information systems business unit of Northrop Grumman's Data Systems and Services division.


Army Col. Marilyn Quagliotti, deputy director for command, control, communications and computer systems, J-6, on the Joint Staff, will take up a new post as vice director of the office.


Col. Velma Richardson, commander of the Army's 1108th Signal Brigade at Fort Ritchie, Md., has been reassigned as deputy commanding general of the Army Signal Center.


Col. John Urias, project manager of the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Terrestrial, will take over as deputy for systems acquisition at the Army Tank and Automotive Command in Warren, Mich.


The Senate last month confirmed Kelley Coyner as administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration at the Transportation Department. Coyner, who had been serving as acting administrator, was previously deputy administrator there.


The U.S. Postal Service named John Ward as its new vice president of finance, controller. He was previously vice president of marketing systems at USPS, a position to be filled by Anita J. Bizzotto, who will return from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan Fellows Program next year.


Kathy Torrence, vice president of human resources and diversity for Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s government services group, is a recipient of the 1998 Women of Color in Technology award. The award is presented by the magazines U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology and Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology. Torrence was selected for the award from a list of more than 200 nominees.


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