President Clinton has nominated Charles Groat, a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso, to serve as director of the U.S. Geological Survey. In addition to his professorship in geological sciences, Groat serves as the university's associate vice president for research and sponsored projects. He also served as executive director of the American Geological Institute. If his nomination is approved by Congress, Groat will replace Tom Casadevall, who has been serving as USGS' acting director since February, following the retirement of Gordon Eaton.
Nada Harris, deputy assistant secretary for information technology and deputy chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, will leave government service in September. Harris said last week she has accepted the position of chief operating officer at TLA Associates Inc., a networking services provider in Falls Church, Va.
Phil Smith, a former employee of the Agriculture Department's National Information Technology Center, last week returned to the center as a computer specialist in the Office of the Associate Chief Information Officer. Smith reports to Collyn Peterson, assistant to the associate CIO on Year 2000 issues. Smith retired from NITC's Kansas City, Mo., office more than a year ago and has worked for private industry since then.
Federal Sources Inc. last month announced the appointment of Russell Cosentino, formerly with the Defense Information Systems Agency, as a senior market research consultant.