On the move
Commerce's Bachula steps down
Gary Bachula, deputy undersecretary for technology at the Commerce Department's
Technology Administration, plans to leave government service April 7 to
explore positions in the private sector.
Bachula led efforts to build stronger partnerships between federal research
and development agencies and state technology programs. He served as vice
chairman of the National Science and Technology Council's Technology Committee
and was a member of the Interagency GPS Executive Board. A replacement has
not yet been named.
IT Hill leader to step down
Rep. Tom Bliley (R-Va.), one of the most influential members of Congress
on IT topics, said last week he would not seek re-election. Bliley, who
has chaired the House Commerce Committee since 1995, has overseen legislation
concerning a host of communications issues, including Internet taxation,
computer encryption and telephone competition.
If the Republicans maintain control of Congress this fall, Bliley's
likely successor as chairman of the House Commerce Committee is Rep. Billy
Tauzin (R-La.), a supporter of high-tech issues.