Roster Change

Computer Sciences Corp., the lead contractor for the Internal Revenue Service's multibillion-dollar modernization program, has reassigned two of its top program managers and brought in a new executive, according to industry sources.

Jim Kennedy, a CSC executive who had been the program's executive, is taking a new job in CSC's federal sector. Dave Edmondson, the program manager, is returning to CSC's aerospace unit, where he started his career.

In their place, CSC is bringing in Michael Plett, a seasoned program manager who has worked on many CSC projects, including the Program Information Systems Mission Services contract at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Sources said he would be working with Stephen Kalish, president of CSC's civil group, who has an office at the IRS.

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The Bush administration earlier this month hired Steve Cooper as special assistant to the president and senior director for information integration and chief information officer in the Office of Homeland Security, according to an office spokeswoman.

Cooper most recently was CIO of corporate staffs and executive director of strategic information delivery for Corning Inc. in Corning, N.Y.

At the Office of Homeland Security, Cooper will be responsible for guiding the development of information, integration architectures and road maps to enable the federal government to share homeland security information with state and local governments and with the private sector.

The Justice Department March 19 tapped former Accenture executive Vance Hitch as its chief information officer. Hitch will be responsible for creating an information technology strategic plan to guide future investments and with getting the department's IT programs back on track.

Hitch was a senior partner at Accenture until he retired in July 2001. He also was chief technologist for the 2000 Republican National Convention — the first political "e-convention." About 2,000 delegates, 10,000 convention goers and 15,000 reporters were able to tap into the convention via computer. Members of the public could also log on to become "virtual delegates" and to e-mail representatives on the convention floor.

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Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta has named Brian Riley to be the Federal Aviation Administration's chief liaison with government and industry and has named David Broome to serve as his deputy.

As assistant administrator for government and industry affairs, Riley will serve as the FAA administrator's principal adviser and representative on matters concerning relations with Congress, aviation industry groups and other governmental organizations.

Most recently, Riley was director of the FAA's budget office, where he was responsible for formulating and executing the agency's fiscal year budgets. He also was the primary liaison between the FAA and congressional appropriations committees.

Broome has worked in the U.S. Senate since the mid-1990s. He was senior legislative assistant for Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), drafting, introducing and negotiating various bills, as well as serving as Frist's primary liaison with state and local governments, industry and other government entities. Broome also was a staff assistant to the Senate sergeant-at-arms from 1994 to 1995.

Broome is currently an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.

James Laver this week was named the new director of the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The center monitors and forecasts weekly and seasonal climate changes including droughts, El Nino, La Nina and other climate extremes.

A charter member of the center's predecessor, the Climate Analysis Center, Laver has been the Climate Prediction Center's deputy director for the past eight years and has more than 30 years of weather and climate experience with the National Weather Service and the U.S. Air Force.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta last week appointed retired Coast Guard Rear Adm. Richard Bennis to the position of associate undersecretary of Transportation for maritime and land security at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Bennis will direct TSA's exercise of its security responsibilities for the nation's seaports and land transportation assets.

In his last Coast Guard assignment as captain of the Port of New York, Bennis directed the successful evacuation by water of approximately 500,000 people from lower Manhattan on Sept. 11. Bennis retired from the Coast Guard on March 15.

Joseph Schmitz was confirmed by the Senate on March 21 as inspector general of the Defense Department.

Kathie Olsen was nominated March 20 to be an associate director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Kevin Cooley earlier this month was named director of Central Operations for the National Weather Service's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP).

NCEP Central Operations manages the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service supercomputer and is a large part of the foundation and infrastructure where billions of ocean, atmospheric and satellite observations are ingested and used in environmental numerical modeling and forecasts.

In his new position, Cooley's top priority is the reliable provision of the computational services needed to support the climate and weather prediction objectives of the National Weather Service.

Cooley has served as a director at META Group Inc., was a former senior manager with IBM Corp. and a former systems engineering manager with EDS.

John "Jack" May earlier this month was named director of the National Weather Service's Aviation Weather Center in Kansas City, Mo. May is charged with continuing the improvement of weather services to the commercial and general aviation industry.

The Aviation Weather Center works with national and international aviation organizations such as the Federal Aviation Administration, the Air Transport Association of America Inc., the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the International Civil Aviation Organization to develop aviation weather products.

Most recently, May was deputy director of the National Weather Service's Central Region. He also was chief meteorologist for the state of Kansas, deputy chief meteorologist of Ohio, computer systems manager for the National Weather Service's Eastern Region and an aviation forecaster in Cleveland; Raleigh, N.C.; Portland, Maine; and Albany, N.Y. May earned his private pilot's certification while in college.

The Aviation Weather Center is one of the National Weather Service's National Centers for Environmental Prediction.


The Marine Corps has named Richard Glover the Marine Corps' program manager for the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. Glover had been serving as the acting program manager, but Brig. Gen. James Feigley, commander of Marine Corps Systems Command, officially named Glover to the post.

Glover will be responsible for all program management aspects of the Marine Corps' transition to NMCI, including cost, schedule, technical performance and "sustainment activities" associated with the program, Marine Corps officials said.

Glover will work in conjunction with Rear Adm. Charles Munns, who was recently named the director of the Navy NMCI Program Office. Marine Corps Col. Robert Logan serves as Munns' deputy.


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