Bob Dies was named assistant director in charge of the FBI's Information
Resource Division, which oversees the maintenance, upgrade and development
of the bureau's information and communication systems, computer networks
Dies joins the bureau after more than 30 years with IBM, where he recently
retired as general manager of the company's Network and Personal Computer
His first task with the FBI will be to design, develop and deploy e-FBI — formerly known as the Information Sharing Initiative — an ambitious project
to give bureau agents the ability to share and sift through information
via the World Wide Web.
Christopher McLean earlier this month was appointed administrator of the
Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service (RUS). McLean succeeds
Wally Beyer, who retired Oct. 31, 1999.
As administrator of RUS, McLean will oversee financing for rural electric
cooperatives, telecommunications and water programs, and administer the
distance learning and telemedicine loan and grant program.
Previously, McLean worked in the U.S. Senate for more than 15 years,
serving as a legislative assistant and legal counsel to Sen. James Exon
(D-Nebraska) and later as legislative counsel to Sen. Bob Kerry (D-Nebraska).
Jack Basso, assistant secretary for budget and programs at the Transportation
Department, last week was recognized by the nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition
Public Employees Roundtable for excellence in public service.
Basso, who also is chief financial officer at DOT, received the Chairmans
Award, which recognizes exemplary leadership in support of the Roundtables'
mission: to educate Americans about the importance of public service, promote
excellence and esprit de corps in government, and encourage young people
to consider public service careers.