Roster change

The Senate on Nov. 30 confirmed Arden Bement Jr. as director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Bement, 69, was nominated by President Bush on Oct. 23 to lead the Commerce Department agency. He succeeds Raymond Kammer, who retired in December 2000. NIST deputy director Karen Brown was acting director in the interim.

"The addition of Arden Bement completes a stellar 'tech team' for the Bush administration," Commerce Secretary Don Evans said. "He brings a wealth of experience in both the private and public sector [that is] vital to this position."

Bement was most recently head of the School of Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University. However, he is well-versed in the workings of the agency, having previously been head of NIST's primary private-sector policy advisory panel, the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. He also has headed the advisory committee for NIST's Advanced Technology Program and was on the board of overseers for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Bement joined Purdue in 1992 after a 39-year career in industry, government and academia. These positions include: vice president of science and technology for TRW Inc. (1980-1992); deputy undersecretary of Defense for research and engineering (1979-1980); director of the Office of Materials Science at the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency (1976-1979); and professor of nuclear materials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1970-1976).

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Retired Army Lt. Gen. John "Mike" McDuffie has been appointed as group vice president for Defense Department programs and systems at Anteon Corp., a leading information technology and engineering solutions company, the company announced Dec. 3.

McDuffie will lead Anteon's DOD support in logistics modernization, Army medical programs, and designated command, control and intelligence programs.

McDuffie previously served for three years as the Joint Chiefs of Staff director for logistics (J-4). He was the principal adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on logistics, engineering and medical issues and programs impacting DOD.

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Anne Reed, former chief information officer at the Agriculture Department, recently was named to lead the Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s state and local government sector. Reed joined EDS' Government Global Industry Group last year. In her new position, Reed expects that state and local governments will focus on homeland security, public safety and law enforcement. She also said EDS is focused on enterprise solutions, as several states are examining how to restructure their communications infrastructure to support e-government.

For more, see "EDS sends intergovernmental signal"

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Suzanne Te Beau on Nov. 28 was named as associate administrator for policy and

congressional affairs at the Transportation Department's Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA). She also is the newest member of the agency's executive leadership team. Te Beau formally joined the agency Oct. 19.

Te Beau is responsible for formulating, directing and implementing RSPA-wide policies, as well as representing the agency in its dealings with Congress and working closely with members and committee staff on legislative and constituent issues.

RSPA is responsible for the safe movement of hazardous materials to industry and consumers by all modes of transportation, including pipelines. It also coordinates rapid response to transportation emergencies and advances science and technology for national transportation needs.

Te Beau previously was a House of Representatives counsel to subcommittees of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

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