Frederick Gregory has been named the associate administrator for space flight
at NASA, the space agency announced March 4.
Gregory has been the acting associate administrator for the office since
December 2001, when he replaced Joseph Rothenberg, who retired Dec. 15.
He will be in charge of the agency's Human Exploration and Development of
The veteran astronaut previously was the associate administrator for
safety and mission assurance, which is responsible for the safety and reliability
of all NASA programs.
Mary Kicza has become associate administrator for biological and physical
research at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., effective March 11. She
will manage an office dedicated to conducting research to support the human
exploration of space and to take advantage of space as a laboratory for
scientific, technological and commercial research.
She replaces Kathie Olsen, who has been serving as both acting associate
administrator and chief scientist for the agency. On Dec. 5, 2001, President
Bush announced his intention to nominate Olsen to be associate director
of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Kicza previously was associate director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center, Greenbelt, Md., where she was responsible for coordinating and integrating
all Goddard space science, Earth science and enabling technology programs
The Senate on March 4 confirmed the executive nomination of Raymond
Orbach to be director of the Office of Science at the Energy Department.
At a Pentagon ceremony March 7, Army Secretary Thomas White presented
Presidential Rank Awards to 23 senior Army officials. The Presidential Rank
awards are the highest formal recognition given to outstanding Senior Executive
Service and Senior Intelligence Executive Service members.
The awards are divided into Distinguished Executives and Meritorious
Executives. The evaluation criteria for the awards focus on the executives'
This year's Presidential Rank Meritorious Executives included:
* Miriam Browning, director of Army information.
* T. Kevin Carroll, program executive officer for Army Enterprise Information
For more information about Browning, see "Change as a way of life" [Federal
Computer Week, March 11, 2002]
For more information about Carroll, see "Army begins work on IT 'transformation'"
[Federal Computer Week, Jan. 21, 2002]
Markle Foundation president Zoe Baird and former Netscape Communications
Corp. CEO James Barksdale will co-chair a new independent task force to
determine how information technology can enhance national security.
The Task Force on National Security in the Information Age will include
leaders from industry, government and the civil liberties community, the
Markle Foundation (www.markle.org) announced March
6, in alliance with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
and the Brookings Institution.
Over the next year, the group will release policy and briefing papers,
provide information on promising technologies, and inform government officials.
"New technologies, applied appropriately, can effectively transform
our ability to meet the security challenges of the 21st century," said John
Hamre, president and CEO of CSIS. "This task force will develop the comprehensive
conceptual framework that is needed to identify the information gaps and
drive a strategy for remedying them."