Roster Change

Robert O'Neill, president of the National Academy of Public Administration, will serve as a counselor to Office of Management and Budget Director Mitchell Daniels Jr. starting this month. He will be in that position for up to 120 days.

O'Neill has been a fellow at the academy since 1997 and joined NAPA full-time as president in January 2000 after leaving his position as executive of Fairfax County, Va.

As counselor, O'Neill will coordinate federal policy and programs with various governmentwide management councils, including the CIO Council, the President's Management Council, the Procurement Executives Council and the Chief Financial Officers Council.

For more, see "OMB calls on expert temp" [, May 4, 2001].

Maj. Gen. Robert Nabors, commander of the Army's Communications-Electronics Command, will retire in July.

Nabors has commanded Cecom, Fort Monmouth, N.J., since September 1998. He has been in the Army for more than 30 years and is the last graduate of the Signal Officer Candidate School still on active duty. All Army officers now attend the same officer candidate school, regardless of career branch.

For more, see "Cecom commander to retire" [, May 2, 2001].

Deidre Lee, the director of Defense procurement, recently appointed Air Force Col. Barry Wilson as the deputy director of Defense procurement for Defense Acquisition Regulations. As part of his duties, Wilson will lead the DAR Council in writing and publishing the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement and, in conjunction with the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council, the Federal Acquisition Regulation.

Wilson has served in research and development contracting, major weapons systems acquisition (including as chief of contracting for the B-2 stealth bomber), logistics and operational contracting. He has international acquisition experience in the U.S. Air Force headquarters in Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and Foreign Military Sales to Israel.

His most recent assignment was as chief of policy for the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in contracting.

Col. Steven Jones late last month assumed command of the Headquarters Standard Systems Group from Col. Delbert Atkinson, who retired after more than 30 years of service. Jones, previously the director of the Logistics Information System Program Office, will serve as commander and vice director of the group.

Jones arrived at SSG in 1997 as the director of systems support. He then served as deputy director of SSG's Software Factory.

The Headquarters Standard Systems Group, located at Gunter Annex on Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., manages information technology contracts and standard information system programs commonly used at all active and reserve Air Force bases and many DOD agencies.

William Barton, inspector general at the General Services Administration, plans to retire June 1. He has served as inspector general there since November 1985. Prior to his appointment, Barton had been a member of the U.S. Secret Service for 32 years and had risen through the ranks to the position of deputy director.

President Bush sent a number of nominations to the Senate during the week of April 30. They include:

  • Kay Coles James to be director of the Office of Personnel Management.
  • Bruce Mehlman to be assistant secretary of Commerce for technology policy.
  • Douglas Jay Feith to be undersecretary of Defense for policy.

John LaFaver has joined American Management Systems Inc. as vice president with its State and Local Solutions Group, the company announced May 3. LaFaver is the former secretary of the Kansas Department of Revenue and most recently director of the Treasury Department's International Tax Advisory Program. At AMS, LaFaver will help state revenue agencies achieve their strategic goals.

Bob Robitaille, a former Trail Boss who came to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s Public Sector Organization in 1997, recently accepted a position as the program manager responsible for the company's activities on the NASA Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement II, Navy Tactical Solutions and Navy High Performance Computing programs. A former deputy director of the General Services Administration's Federal Computer Acquisition Center, Robitaille previously worked as a manager of HP's Strategic Programs Integration Operation.


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