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Rear Adm. John Gauss, commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego for more than three years, said he has not submitted his retirement letter yet but has spoken with senior service officials about retiring by the summer. Gauss is the flag officer who has helped lead the Navy through its shipboard systems modernization program. Rear Adm. Kenneth Slaght, the vice commander for Spawar who has worked in the command for 10 years, is Gauss' probable replacement. Gauss has told Spawar officials that he wants Slaght to replace him.

"Spawar commander to retire by summer" [FCW.com, Dec. 1, 2000]

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President Clinton last week announced his intent to appoint James Black to serve as a member of the Advisory Committee on Expanding Training Opportunities. Black is an associate professor of computer information systems at Johnson State College in Vermont. The advisory committee was established to provide the president with an independent assessment of the progress made by the federal government in its use of technology in training programs.

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Clifton Toulson Jr. has been named the new associate administrator for the Small Business Administration's Office of Business and Community Initiatives, SBA announced last week. Toulson will oversee agency programs designed to provide information via Web sites, bulletin boards and other means. He also will oversee training programs on things such as e-commerce for small business owners. Most recently, Toulson was SBA's assistant administrator of Veterans Affairs.

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Alan Ptak recently joined Deloitte Consulting as a senior business development manager in the company's federal government consulting practice. Ptak served in the Navy and was most recently vice president of legislative affairs for the space and strategic missiles sector at Lockheed Martin Corp. In his new position, Ptak will develop and manage business relationships with defense agencies.

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