Roster change

Steven Price was named Jan. 4 as the new deputy assistant secretary of Defense for spectrum and command, control and communications policy. Price will head the new office, which is responsible for establishing policy and providing direction for Defense Department frequency spectrum issues.

Price will report to Assistant Secretary of Defense John Stenbit, the DOD chief information officer.

Price was most recently the president and chief executive officer of LiveWire Corp., a provider of software and outsourcing services.

For more, see "DOD creates spectrum chief" [, Jan. 8, 2002].


The Bush administration sent the Senate a nomination Dec. 18 for Nancy Dorn to take over as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Dorn, Vice President Dick Cheney's legislative director and a former policy adviser to House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), would replace Sean O'Keefe, who was sworn in Dec. 21 as the new NASA administrator.

Dorn brings experience in both government and the private sector to the position that oversees the federal budget and the President's Management Agenda, which includes improving the use of e-government, financial management and human capital.

For more, see "New OMB deputy nominated" [, Dec. 20, 2001].


Maj. Gen. John Scott was selected as chief integration officer (CXO) for the Army in November and started his duties Dec. 10. The CXO office will be integrating the work of the CIO, the chief knowledge officer, the chief technology officer and the chief financial officer to create an enterprise network for the Army.

Prior to the CXO assignment, Scott served as the commanding general for the Army's 63rd Regional Support Command, Los Alamitos, Calif., from March 1998 until relinquishing that command last month. He recently retired as an Army civilian from his position as the deputy G-3 of the Army Signal Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

For more, see "Army names CXO in realignment" [, Dec. 21, 2001].


Carolyn Alston, the General Services Administration Federal Supply Service's assistant commissioner for acquisition, retired from the federal government last month and will join the Washington Management Group Inc. in March.

According to a statement, Alston will serve as general counsel and senior adviser at the Washington Management Group, which runs the daily business of the Coalition for Government Procurement, an industry group representing federal contractors.

For more, see "Alston retires from FSS" [, Jan. 2, 2002].


Howard Schmidt, Microsoft Corp.'s chief information security officer, is in line to be vice chairman of the federal Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. President Bush announced Dec. 21 his intention to nominate Schmidt to the board, which Bush created to coordinate the protection of the government's and the private sector's critical cyber assets.

During the past two years, Schmidt worked with the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology to create a public/private center for security research and development. He also has worked with the cross-sector Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security and has been the head of the information sharing and analysis center formed by the information technology sector under Presidential Decision Directive 63.

Before working at Microsoft, Schmidt was director of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Computer Forensic Lab and Computer Crime and Information Warfare, where he established the first dedicated computer forensic lab in the government.

For more, see "Security exec picked for board" [, Jan. 2, 2002].


Marvin Sambur was sworn in Jan. 4 as the new assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, making him responsible for all Air Force research, development and acquisition activities. He will provide direction, guidance and supervision on all matters in the formulation, review, approval and execution of acquisition plans, policies and programs for the Air Force.

Before his appointment, Sambur was president and CEO of ITT Defense in McLean, Va., and has more than 33 years of experience in high-tech program acquisition and management and engineering, focusing on advanced wireless communications systems, sophisticated satellite payloads, air traffic control systems and electronic warfare.


George Newstrom, senior vice president at EDS, was selected Jan. 3 by governor-elect Mark Warner to become Virginia's next technology secretary.

Newstrom reportedly will assume the state technology post March 1 upon his retirement from EDS. He will replace current Secretary of Technology Donald Upson, who has agreed to stay until then on an interim basis.

Newstrom is on the board of directors of the Information Technology Association of America, a trade association representing IT interests, and serves as chairman of the board of the World Information Technology and Services Alliance, an international consortium of IT trade associations.

For more, see "Warner taps Va. technology chief" [, Jan. 4, 2002]


Jeff Certain has joined Buan Consulting Inc. as a senior consultant, the company announced Jan. 3.

Certain, a knowledge management and enterprise portal expert, previously was at Logicon FDC (formerly Federal Data Corp.), where he worked on portal projects for the Labor Department and the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs and Bureau of Information Resources Management. Prior to that, he worked at Computer Sciences Corp.

Certain also served 11 years in the Signals Intelligence field as a linguist and intelligence analyst in the Marine Corps.

Buan Consulting offers software-consulting services for knowledge management and accessibility solutions.


Marsha Thompson has joined Vitria Public Services as area vice president for handling government sales operations. Vitria Technology Inc., a leading integration server provider, announced the appointment Dec. 21.

Thompson has spent more than 20 years marketing and selling to such public-sector organizations as the Defense Department as well as government civilian, state and local agencies.

She previously was at Sybase Inc., where she was the senior vice president and general manager for the public services marketplace. She has also held executive roles targeting the public sector at Digital Equipment Corp. and Oracle Corp.


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