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Stouffer Moves to EPA

Debra Stouffer began work last week as the Environmental Protection Agency's first chief technology officer. She is based out of the EPA's Office of Environmental Information (OEI).

Stouffer arrived at the agency after a short stint at the Office of Management and Budget, where she led the Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office.

At the EPA, Stouffer will be responsible for architecture projects, investment review improvements, project management implementation for information technology programs and new uses of technology, according to Kim Nelson, the EPA's chief information officer and assistant administrator for OEI.

He's Baaack!

The private sector has nothing on the federal government, apparently. Less than a month after retiring from the Federal Aviation Administration for a job at Computer Sciences Corp., Steve Zaidman has decided to return to his old stomping grounds.

FAA Administrator Jane Garvey announced May 22 that she has selected Zaidman to be director of airways facilities service in the agency's air traffic organization. He will replace Alan Moore, who retires June 2. In his newest role, Zaidman will manage the technicians and engineers who oversee the maintenance and upkeep of all the hardware in the National Airspace System.

Zaidman was the FAA's associate administrator for research and acquisitions for nearly four years before he joined CSC as an account executive for transportation security. Following Zaidman's departure, Charlie Keegan, director of the operational evolution staff and previously head of the Free Flight Office, took over the position.

E-Filing Extension?

The Internal Revenue Service hasn't given up trying to extend the deadline for taxpayers who file their returns online. Terry Lutes, who heads the agency's Electronic Tax Administration, said the provision is attached to legislation now making its way through Congress. Although the measure has been shot down once by lawmakers, Lutes said IRS officials are optimistic that it will get through Congress this year.

The Bush administration is behind the idea to give e-filers an extra two weeks — moving their deadline from April 15 to April 29 — as an incentive for people to file electronically. But some industry officials say it may be hard to change the culture for citizens, who see April 15 as a set-in-stone deadline. "They wouldn't change Christmas, would they?" one industry source said.

Hooked Up

It just got a little less lonely at the top for Interior Department Secretary Gale Norton. After nearly six months without Internet access, Norton can once again surf the World Wide Web and send e-mail messages at work. She lost her connection last December as part of a departmentwide shutdown ordered by U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth — a result of the long-running lawsuit against Interior alleging mismanagement of American Indian trust funds.

Norton remained off-line even as almost 90 percent of her agency's sites were restored. But as of May 16, her office was back in (electronic) business.

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