President Clinton last week named Joshua Gotbaum as controller and executive assistant director at the Office of Management and Budget. As OMB controller, Gotbaum will be the head of the Office of Federal Financial Management, coordinating such things as the use of financial management systems and integrating budgeting and performance information. Gotbaum has previously served as assistant secretary for economic policy at the Treasury Department and assistant secretary of Defense for economic security.
***The president also recently announced his intent to nominate Michael Frazier to serve as the assistant secretary for governmental affairs at the Transportation Department. Frazier has served as the deputy assistant secretary for governmental affairs at DOT since June 1998.
Rick Perry last month began his new position as the Information Systems Security Program Manager at the Agriculture Department. Previously, Perry served as the Information Systems and Personnel Security Manager for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. He began his federal civil career with the USDA's National Finance Center.
Mark Pursley recently was named national director for the Electronic Tax Administration's newly created Account Management Division at the Internal Revenue Service.
The Account Management Division will be responsible for developing strategies to expand the volume of electronically transmitted tax and information returns. The division will play a critical role in helping the IRS meet the goal of having 80 percent of all tax and information returns filed electronically by 2007. Pursley served as the chief operating officer of Karch International Inc., a computer software company in McLean, Va.
Esther Benjamin, manager of the Financial Management Consulting Group at Grant Thornton LLP, is one of 16 people who have been selected to serve for one year in the White House Fellowship program. In her job at Grant Thornton, Benjamin has advised federal chief financial officers about financial and cost management issues. Benjamin begins her yearlong fellowship Sept. 1
Robert Neeser has been promoted to regional vice president of MicroAge Inc. Neeser previously served as general manager of MicroAge's Washington, D.C., office.
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