President Clinton officially has nominated Edwin Levine as chief information
officer of the Environmental Protection Agency and assistant administrator
for the EPA's Office of Environmental Information.
Levine joined the EPA in April as the deputy assistant administrator
for the office when the agency's first CIO, Al Pesachowitz, left for the
private sector. Before joining the EPA, Levine served in information technology
for several state governments.
"EPA's CIO heading to the private sector" [FCW.com, March 22, 2000]
Robert Feingold, chief information officer for Colorado's Department
of Natural Resources, will become the state's CIO in January. Feingold is
a 25-year veteran of the Air Force. He commanded the Space and Warning Systems
Center and was director of software systems for Air Force Command at Peterson
Air Force Base in Colorado Springs.
"Colorado chooses new CIO" [civic.com, Dec. 20, 2000]
recently received the National Weather Association's
member of the year award. Meisner is assistant chief of the Scientific Services
Division at the National Weather Service's Southern Region headquarters
in Fort Worth, Texas.
Meisner won for his "long-term, significant contributions to the organization,
goals and objectives of the National Weather Association; and, his creative
linking of NWA goals to those of the NWS modernization program."
Jim Barker was named Republican High-Tech Staffer of the year for the
U.S. Senate by the Information Technology Industry
Council. The trade association praised Barker's work on such IT issues as
patent reform, computer export controls, foreign IT worker visas and research
and development tax credits.
Barker is an aide to Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), chairman of the
Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force. Bennett, was one of ITI's legislators
of the year.
Philip Smith was appointed vice president of NIC Government Relations, the company announced last week. In his new role,
Smith will be responsible for cultivating and coordinating NIC's relationships
with local, state and federal government agencies.
Smith has worked for the Iowa state government in several capacities,
including director of the Iowa Office for State-Federal Relations and as
human resources director for the Office for Planning and Programming.