- By Judi Hasson
- Jan 21, 2001
Good to Know Ya
Federal chief information officers tend to stay in their jobs relatively
briefly, but Ed Levine at the Environmental Protection Agency may set a
record for the briefest stint. Levine, who officially became CIO via a President
Clinton recess appointment on Dec. 18, stepped aside Jan. 20 when George
W. Bush was sworn in as president. Levine joined EPA in April as deputy
assistant administrator and interim CIO. He said he plans to take a few
weeks off before looking for another job in Washington, D.C. "I would love
to be CIO somewhere else," he said. "Next week I'll have my Web site up
and people can download my resume."
Time for us to shamelessly pander.
Haven't gotten a chance to see the new giant pandas at the National
Zoo in Washington, D.C.? Beat the crowds and check them out online via the
new PandaCams at pandas. si.edu. The zoo is using 20 motion- sensitive Web
video cameras to track the musings of Tian Tian and Mei Xiang day and night.
The site offers live streaming video and still images that are updated every
20 seconds. Eat your heart out, JenniCam.
A Net Full of Cash
For the fellows who ran Sen. John McCain's unsuccessful presidential
campaign last year, the idea of raising money on the Internet apparently
was just an afterthought. As McCain communication director Dan Schnur tells
it, the campaign's Web site designer wondered aloud whether he ought to
create a fund-raising page. At first, Schnur said, "the smart guys" scoffed.
But after thinking it over, they said, "What the heck?" There was nothing
to lose and "maybe we can make back the cost of the Web site," about $15,000.
So a feature was added to the McCain site asking for online donations.
In all, the McCain campaign raised about $6 million in small donations
over the Internet. Now that's an afterthought.
Change of Chairs
Some federal workers not affected by the political aspects of the presidential
transition are playing their own game of musical chairs. The Interagency
Management Council, a group of representatives from cabinet agencies that
advises the General Services Administration on telecommunications issues,
officially placed Thomas Wiesner, director of the Office of Corporate Systems
Management at the Treasury Department, at the head of its table for the
upcoming year. Wiesner replaces Robert Bubniak, acting CIO at the Department
of Veterans Affairs.
Later this year, Wiesner will try on another hat. As part of reorganizing
Treasury's CIO office, Wiesner will become director of securitywhich
means he'll tackle not only information security but also physical and personnel, security.
A Year After
Four officials who led Pentagon efforts to survive the Year 2000 rollover
are now working for IT companies. Gary Ambrose, the brigadier general who
led the Air Force's Year 2000 readiness initiative, now works as IBM Corp.'s
DOD client director. The Marine Corps' Col. Kevin McHale is now assistant
director of Marine Corps programs at Mitre Corp. The Navy's Capt. Clifford
Szafran now serves as a program manager at Electronic Data Systems Corp.
And the Air Force's Lt. Gen. William Donahue now heads the Computer Sciences
Corp. business unit that deals with aerospace programs, range operations
and Air Force support business.
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