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Steve Howard, chief information officer at the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service, this month said he plans to retire from government at the end of the year. Howard said FTS has not yet named a replacement.

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Carleton Jones, former president of Vanstar Government Systems Inc., has decided to leave the company. Jones, who was president of Sysorex Information Systems Inc. before it was purchased by Vanstar Corp. last year, said his decision to leave was not related to Vanstar's merger with Inacom Corp. announced last month. Mark O'Donnell, former vice president of business development at Vanstar Government Systems, has been named acting vice president.

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Jerry Smith, former dean of the National Defense University's IRM College, has left his post to become the Defense Department's chancellor of Defense education. The acting dean of the IRM College is Bob Childes.

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The Industry Advisory Council last month announced the appointment of Anne Reed, chief information officer at the Agriculture Department, and Deirdre Murray, market development manager at GTE Government Systems, as co-chairwomen for IAC's 1999 Executive Leadership Conference.

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Tom McDermott, senior vice president of CACI International Inc., was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest civilian award given by DOD. The award honors contributions McDermott made while with the National Security Agency as assistant deputy director and as deputy director of information systems security. McDermott retired from NSA in January to lead CACI's new information assurance line of business.

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Romulo Diaz Jr. has been appointed assistant administrator for administration and resources management with the Environmental Protection Agency. He comes to the EPA after 17 years with the Energy Department. Diaz fills a position that has been held in an acting capacity by agency CIO Al Pesachowitz for several years. Pesachowitz will remain CIO under Diaz.

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Phillip Colella, head of the Applied Numerical Algorithms Group at DOE's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center is the 1998 recipient of the Sidney Fernbach Award. The award, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society, honors contributions to the use of high-performance computers. Colella developed software methodologies for computer models used to research improved fuel efficiency in diesel combustion engines.

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