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.

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