Roster Change

President Clinton announced his intent to nominate Nicholas Godici to be assistant commissioner of patents at the Patent and Trademark Office. Godici already has taken on the duties of this position. He previously served as the acting deputy assistant commissioner for patents.

R. Steven Davis will join Qwest Communications International Inc. as senior vice president of government affairs and senior associate general counsel. Davis will be responsible for Qwest's federal and state regulatory business and legislation that may affect the corporation. Davis' first order of business will be the merger of Qwest with US West, which is expected to close later this year.

Prior to joining Qwest, Davis served as vice president of law and state government affairs for AT&T in Basking Ridge, N.J. He replaces Genny Morelli, who will leave Qwest on Feb. 15. Morelli plans to stay in the Washington, D.C. area, but has not announced her plans.

Marv Langston, deputy assistant secretary of Defense and the Pentagon's deputy chief information officer, plans to leave the department at the end of this month to become the chief operating officer of Salus Media, a World Wide Web-based start-up company based in Santa Barbara, Calif. For the full story, visit: at

John Hamre, deputy secretary of Defense, will leave the Pentagon March 31 to become president and chief executive officer of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C., think tank. For the full story, visit:

Bruce McConnell, head of the International Y2K Cooperation Center, will not return to the Office of Management and Budget this spring when the center shuts down but instead will go into the private sector. He said he is interested in international work, but he does not yet have a new job lined up. For the full story, visit:

CIA director George J. Tenet this week announced the appointment of Joanne Isham as the CIA's deputy director for science and technology (DDS&T). Isham, who had served as the CIA's associate deputy director for S&T since February 1996, replaces Gary L. Smith, who filled the void left by Ruth David when she left the agency for a job in the private sector.

Tenet also announced that James Runyan would succeed Ms. Isham as associate deputy director for S&T at the agency. For more on these announcements, go to

Postmaster General William Henderson appointed Peter Jacobson as the U.S. Postal Service's new chief technology officer. Jacobson, who is returning to USPS after five years in the private sector, replaces Norm Lorentz, who recently left to join, a business-to-business portal that provides information about IT issues, products and services. For more on this announcement, go to:

Carla von Bernewitz, the chief information officer of the Defense Logistics Agency, is resigning to become a client delivery executive for information solutions at Electronic Data Systems Corp. She plans to leave her job as technology chief at DLA Feb. 1. Read the story at:


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