Alan Balutis, director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Advanced Technology Program, is leaving government after more than 25 years to join a nonprofit corporation that promotes industry-government cooperation.
Starting in mid-February, Balutis will be the executive director and chief operating officer for the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils and FGIPC's Industry Advisory Council.
"NIST's Balutis leaving government" [FCW.com, Jan. 24, 2001]
G. Clay Hollister, chief information officer of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been named FEMA's acting chief of staff during the transition to the Bush administration. Hollister, who is also executive associate director of FEMA's Information Technology Services Directorate, will not perform CIO duties while serving as acting chief of staff.
"CIO performing emergency duty" [FCW.com, Jan. 24, 2001]
Rear Adm. (select) William Maguire of the Navy Supply Corps recently was selected to become vice commander of the Naval Supply Systems Command (NAVSUP). As NAVSUP vice commander, Maguire also will head the Navy's eBusiness Operations Office, also located in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Maguire will replace Rear Adm. Linda Bird, who is moving in March to a position on the Chief of Naval Operations' staff in Washington, D.C.
Maguire currently serves as NAVSUP's deputy commander for fleet logistics operations.
Harold Gracey, former acting chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs who left the federal government last year for the private sector, has decided to "play the field" and work as a consultant. Gracey spent seven months at FedBid.com but left the struggling company on Jan. 12 to strike out on his own. "I'm not going to take a job but do some consulting and decide where I will go next," he said.
For more on FedBid, see "Net woes hit fed market" [Federal Computer Week, Jan. 8, 2001].
Profile of Harold Gracey: "From .gov to .com" [Federal Computer Week, July 24, 2000]
Former National Security Agency cryptologist Robert Lentz replaced Dick Schaeffer last month as the armed forces' information assurance director. Schaeffer returned to work at NSA, said Susan Hansen, a Pentagon spokeswoman.
Lentz is the Office of the Secretary of Defense representative to national information assurance forums, and he also handles critical infrastructure protection oversight and OSD's coordination with the national defense infrastructure. He's a key player in the services' implementation of the "Defense in Depth" strategy, which calls for multiple layers of defenses to guard Defense Department networks and electronic transmissions.
"New chief key to Defense in Depth" [FCW.com, Jan. 24, 2001]
Terry Lutes recently was selected as the new director of the Internal Revenue Service's Electronic Tax Administration (ETA). Lutes has been acting in that capacity since October, when former director Robert Barr left to join Dell Computer Corp. The ETA coordinates policy, security and other issues relating to electronic services and assists the IRS' business divisions in integrating electronic interactions. One of Lutes' primary responsibilities is to help ensure the smooth transition of e-services into standard IRS business practices.
"IRS: Free e-filing from fees" [FCW.com, Oct. 12, 2000]
John Clark has been selected to be the director of the Office of Aviation Safety at the National Transportation Safety Board, the agency announced this month. Clark, a long-time employee of the Safety Board, replaces Bernard Loeb, who retired from government. Clark has been with the Safety Board since September 1981, serving most recently as deputy director of the Office of Research and Engineering.
Kathleen Means, former chief health-care analyst for the Senate Finance Committee, recently joined Patton Boggs LLP as senior health policy adviser. Before joining the firm, Means managed the health-care staff for the majority on the Senate's Committee on Finance. She also has worked for the House Ways and Means Committee and the Department of Health and Human Services.
John Hammond III, a partner with the law firm Johnson Smith LLP, will join Ice Miller Donadio & Ryan's government services practice as a partner and co-chairman of the practice group.
Hammond is a veteran of Indiana state government. He held the position of assistant for legislative affairs and education policy in Gov. Robert Orr's administration. He served as chief legislative liaison for Orr in six regular sessions and three special sessions of the Indiana Legislature.
Roger Majak, former assistant secretary of Commerce for export edministration in the Clinton administration, has joined myCustoms as vice president of trade and compliance.
MyCustoms is the first Internet-based and automated international trade management solution to provide connectivity between global companies and their supply chain partners, according to the company.
Marc Chafetz this week was named chief strategy officer at NetCompliance Inc., which provides paperless compliance solutions, online worker training programs and safety products for companies regulated by the federal government. In his new job, Chafetz will help map the future growth and direction of NetCompliance.
Before joining NetCompliance, Chafetz was senior vice president of In Touch Technologies Holding Ltd., a Washington, D.C.-based international telecommunications software firm. He was also managing director of Bozman Partners LLC, a private equity firm that has invested in a variety of information technology start-up companies.