Roster Change

Army Lt. Gen. Michael Canavan last week was named the new associate administrator

for the Federal Aviation Administration's office of civil aviation security.

Canavan is expected to start his new position Dec. 4. Protecting the FAA's

critical infrastructure — including facilities, equipment and employees — is an important mission of the office.

Since 1998, Canavan has served as chief of staff for the United States

European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, where he coordinates the command's

operations in Europe and most of Africa.

President Clinton last week announced the U.S. representatives to the

Digital Opportunity Task Force. They will be Zoe Baird, president of the

Markle Foundation; Carleton (Carly) Fiorina, chairman, president and chief

executive officer of Hewlett-Packard Co.; and Thomas Kalil, special assistant

to the president for economic policy and co-chair for the administration's

initiative on nanotechnology.

The task force, created at the Okinawa Summit, will help bridge the

global digital divide between developed and developing countries. Representatives

from government, industry, non-profit organizations and international organizations

will participate in the task force.

Gary Carter, a 30-year veteran of the National Weather Service, was

recently named the new director of the Office of Hydrologic Development

at the agency. Carter will help improve and enhance the NWS' hydrology products

to help minimize the impact of flooding. Carter most recently was chief

of the Scientific Services Division for the NWS eastern region.

Steve Kelman, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy

from 1993 to 1997 and a Weatherhead Professor of Public Management at Harvard's

John F. Kennedy School of Government, has joined Frictionless Commerce Inc.'s

board of advisors. Kelman's input will provide Frictionless with visibility

into strategic sourcing and government purchasing, according to the company.

Terry Smith was recently named vice president of federal operations

for Leasetec Corp., a member of the Key Equipment Finance Group. Smith was

most recently with CIT/Newcourt, where he was director of government markets.

In his new position, he will help agencies and contractors establish lease


Gerald Soffen, a NASA scientist, died Nov. 22 at George Washington

University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He was 74. Soffen oversaw the first

experiments on the Martian surface in 1976. Later, as director of life sciences

at NASA headquarters, he was instrumental in assembling the group of NASA

centers, universities and research organizations that together form the

NASA Astrobiology Institute. The virtual institute studies the origin, evolution,

distribution and destiny of life in the universe.

Brian Welch, NASA's director of media services, died Friday, Nov. 24,

after suffering a heart attack. He was 42. As director of media services,

Welch led many of the agency's public outreach efforts. He was responsible

for overall agency news operations, NASA Television and the agency's Internet



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