Jim Gallagher, former deputy director of the systems technology staff at the Justice Department, this week stepped up to become director of the staff. Gallagher became acting director of the systems technology staff in May, replacing Linda Burek, the department's current deputy chief information officer and deputy assistant attorney general for information resources management.
K. Adair Martinez was recently named chief information officer for the Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Benefits Administration. Martinez most recently served as deputy director of the Justice Department's telecommunications services staff. She also served as a section chief in the Drug Enforcement Administration's Office of Information Systems.
Joanne Piper Arnette this week joined the Defense Logistics Agency as director of information operations. Arnette is currently the deputy director for information and technology and the deputy chief information officer for the Defense Finance and Accounting Service.
NASA this month named Samuel Venneri as head of the newly merged Chief Technologist and Aero-Space Technology offices. Venneri, who has served as chief technologist since 1996, will now also be the associate administrator for aerospace technology. Retired Lt. Gen. Spence (Sam) Armstrong, USAF, the former associate administrator, will become senior advisor to NASA administrator Dan Goldin. Armstrong will lead a new initiative to bring NASA closer to industry, academia and other scientific and technical agencies.
Other NASA appointments include: W. Brian Keegan as chief engineer; Orlando Figueroa as deputy chief engineer for systems engineering; and Dr. Mary Cleave as deputy associate administrator (advanced planning) for the Office of Earth Science.
James McKan, was recently named director of operations at Bell Atlantic Federal. McKan is a recently retired U.S. Army colonel and military communications expert. In his role at Bell Atlantic Federal, McKan will be responsible for re-establishing the company's mentor-protege program, which is designed to help small, disadvantaged businesses become more competitive. He will also oversee activities associated with the General Services Administration's Millenia contract and the Department of Transportation's ITOP-2 contract.
David Gray Ross, commissioner of the Office of Child Support Enforcement at the Department of Health and Human Services, this month accepted a Hammer Award for the agency's work in collecting delinquent child support payments through the National Directory of New Hires. In 1998, its first year of operation, the directory located 1.2 million parents who were delinquent in child support payments. That figure more than doubled to 2.8 million in fiscal 1999.
Mike Ligas this month was named director of business development for Sprint's Government Systems Division. He most recently served as director of program management for government solutions, where he made sure users' maintenance and network systems were in place to support the FTS 2001 government telecommunications contract. Ligas replaces Jim Payne, who last summer joined Qwest Communications International Inc.
David Fishman was named vice president of marketing at eFed, an electronic commerce vendor and a division of National Information Consortium Inc. Fishman previously worked as the worldwide program director for IBM Corp.'s PC division.
Audrey Weber was named West Coast Operations Manager at Intellisource. Weber will be located in Southern California and will head the company's efforts to grow its desktop computer outsourcing services to government and commercial clients. She will have a key role in the company's efforts to expand its business under the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA contract.