Roster change

John Reece, a former vice president for information technology at Time Warner Inc., is expected to join the Internal Revenue Service this month to help the agency develop innovative electronic government services. Reece will be the agency's deputy commissioner for business modernization and chief information officer—a new post at the IRS.

Currently, Reece is chief executive officer and chairman of John C. Reece and Associates, a South Carolina-based consulting firm specializing in Internet and telecommunications ventures.


The IRS also announced the appointment of W. Todd Grams as chief financial officer. Grams was a longtime executive at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Management and Budget. His duties will include overseeing the agency's $8.8 billion annual budget.

For more information, go to "IRS picks CIO from industry" [, March 12, 2001]


President Bush last week announced his intent to nominate Edward "Pete" Aldridge to be undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. Aldridge is currently chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corp., Arlington, Va. He was secretary of the Air Force from 1986 to 1988, and he has held different positions within the Defense Department and the defense industry.

David Oliver has been acting as the undersecretary for defense, acquisition and logistics since Jacques Gansler left for the private sector in January.

For more, see "Bush picks Gansler successor" [, March 9, 2001]


President Bush also said last week that he intends to nominate:

  • John Graham as the next head of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Graham will oversee many aspects of agency information technology policy and management.
  • Graham is serving as a professor of policy and decision sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health and is the founding director of the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. The last head of OIRA, John Spotila, left at the end of the Clinton administration for a position at GTSI Corp.

    For more, see "Bush indicates choice for OIRA chief" [, March 7, 2001]

  • Kristine Ann Iverson to be assistant secretary of Labor for congressional and intergovernmental Affairs. She is presently the legislative director for Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and served as minority staff director for the Committee on Labor and Human Resources from 1988 to 1992.
  • Donna McLean to be assistant secretary of Transportation for budget and programs and chief financial officer. She is currently the chief financial officer at the Federal Aviation Administration. McLean held several positions within the Transportation Department and the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan and Bush administrations.


Darcy Bates, an employee of the Scientific and Technical Information Center of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was selected last week as the Federal Library Technician of the Year. The award, which is presented by the Library of Congress, recognizes the winner's excellence in service, technical competency, flexibility in adapting work methods and ability to deal with change. The center serves the agency's 3,000 patent examiners. ***

John Walsh was hired as senior Java developer at e-government firm FreeBalance Inc., the company announced last week. Walsh has held several senior software development positions, including Java software developer with Nortel Networks. In addition, the company hired Dawn Callaghan as a software engineer and Edith Rodrigues, a former employee with the government of Canada, as a project manager for professional services.


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