Management briefs

O'Keefe tapped for NASA post

Sean O'Keefe, who helped craft the Bush administration's management and technology agenda, has been tapped as the next administrator of NASA. Last month, President Bush stated his intent to nominate O'Keefe, the current deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, for the NASA post.

O'Keefe's departure is likely to leave a gap at OMB, where he has been spearheading new initiatives. "A great deal of the president's efforts with the agencies [involve] the management agenda, and Sean has been a driver in all that," said Barry White, director of government performance projects at the nonprofit Council for Excellence in Government.

Firm makes courses accessible

E-learning company SkillSoft Corp. said 373 of its business skills courses now can be taken by people who are blind, deaf or have other disabilities. Dozens of federal agencies offer the company's courses, including the Navy, the Labor Department and the CIA, said Vince Penkala, SkillSoft's federal business development manager.

The courses, which average less than 3 hours in length, teach skills to help workers advance in their jobs, Penkala said. But until recently, the courses were not accessible by government employees who rely on screen readers and other assistive technology.

Guard advances e-learning

The Army National Guard announced Nov. 19 that it has selected Artesia Technologies Inc., Inktomi Corp. and Virage Inc. to provide solutions for its Distributive Training Technology Project. The DTTP is a federal training project offering e-learning programs to Guard members in classrooms nationwide.

Among other solutions, the contracts will provide a back-end digital media repository and a platform to deliver live and on-demand video training content.

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