Commerce Secretary William Daley this month tapped Gregory Rohde, assistant secretary of Commerce and administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, as the liaison for the communications and information sector. Rohde will act as the Clinton administration's point person on protecting the country's communications and information systems from physical attacks and cyberattacks.
Joseph Bryan, director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization at the Justice Department, has been selected as the point of contact between Justice and small businesses that violate federal rules or regulations as a result of the Year 2000 problem.
Daniel Mulville was tapped to be NASA's associate deputy administrator starting Jan. 1. Mulville will replace Gen. John Dailey, who is leaving the agency to head the National Air&Space Museum. Mulville has been NASA's chief engineer since 1995. In his new job, he will plan, direct and manage the daily operations and reinvention activities of the agency.
Robert Corell, assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation, will become a senior fellow associated with the American Meteorological Society's Atmospheric Policy Program. Corell will begin at the AMS' Washington, D.C., office Jan. 3.
Leanna Rierson has been appointed the Federal Aviation Administration's national resource specialist for leading-edge aircraft computerization and certification issues. She previously worked as a software technical specialist and program manager for the Aircraft Certification Service's avionics branch. In her new job as chief scientific and technical adviser for aircraft computer software, Rierson will lead several national and international software activities.
Gerald Epstein earlier this month started working as assistant director for national security at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He will tackle issues such as federal research and development policies to counter 21st-century threats, including weapons of mass destruction and physical or computer-based attacks on U.S. critical infrastructure. Epstein was serving as senior policy analyst in OSTP's National Security and International Affairs Division.
Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Villhard has been appointed assistant director for space and aeronautics at OSTP. Villhard will be responsible for working on national space policy, including continuing to safely conduct space shuttle and international space-station missions, developing plans for the civil space transportation architecture of the future and shaping national strategy for the future management and use of the U.S. space launch bases and ranges.
Norm Lorentz, chief technology officer for the U.S Postal Service, this month announced he is joining earthweb.com. He will serve as chief technology officer for the company, which serves as a business-to-business intermediary between IT professionals and vendors of IT products and services. Lorentz had been with USPS since 1994 and was named chief technology officer in August 1998.
Bill Sweeney recently was named vice president of government affairs for Electronic Data Systems Corp. Sweeney joined EDS in 1991 after serving as president of the consulting firm Washington Resources and Strategy Inc. He is the chairman of the International Foundation for Election Systems and has been an official international election observer in Russia, the Philippines and Jamaica.
John Lacopo recently was named vice president of global communications for EDS. Lacopo will direct corporate communications around the world and be in charge of external and internal communications, executive communications and community affairs. During his 29-year tenure with EDS, Lacopo has been responsible for establishing a government affairs office in Brussels, Belgium, starting a global outreach program to cover the Latin American and Asia-Pacific regions and leading EDS' government relations team.
Jim McCoy was named president and general manager of DynCorp Information Systems LLC. McCoy served as executive vice president of DynCorp's subsidiary DynCorp Information and Enterprise Technology since 1998 and has held several executive positions at GRC International Inc.