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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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.