Robert Frye, executive director of the Standard Systems Group (SSG), is
retiring effective Sept. 3.
Frye said he would be staying in Montgomery, Ala., as an independent
consultant to government contractors. He is being replaced by Frank Weber,
a member of the Senior Executive Service and deputy director for logistics
and business operations at Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base,
Frye, who has been SSG's executive director since 1995, has been responsible
for the 2,400-person organization that acquires, develops and maintains
combat support information systems for Air Force and Defense Department
components. SSG is responsible for $14 billion in contracts and more than
For more, please see "Retiring SSG director hails AFITC"
Scott Charbo, a former agribusiness executive, is the new chief information
officer at the Agriculture Department. He started the new position Aug.
26, replacing Ira Hobbs, the deputy CIO who had been the acting CIO for
a year and a half.
Since July, Charbo had been serving as the head of the Office of Business
and Program Integration in the USDA's Farm Service Agency.
As the USDA CIO, Charbo will oversee more than 4,000 information technology
professionals and $1.7 billion in physical assets.
Before joining the USDA, Charbo held a variety of jobs in the agriculture
field. He previously was president of mPower3 Inc., a ConAgra Foods company
that provides information and solutions to the agriculture and food production
communities. The company has announced that it will cease operation on Oct.
For more, please see "New CIO starts at USDA"/fcw/articles/2002/0826/web-usda-08-28-02.asp
Gary Cox began work last month as the program manager for the Outsourcing
Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN). He replaces Karen Smith.
Cox previously was the ODIN project manager for Goddard Space Flight
Center, the first NASA center to implement ODIN.
Under the outsourcing initiative, NASA seeks to transfer responsibility
for managing computers and other information technology assets to the commercial
sector, leaving the space agency free to have its IT personnel focus on
James Brooke has been named president of the new federal systems division
at EADS Telecom North America, a provider of turnkey telecommunications
Brooke is the former director of operations and business development
for BAE Systems Mission Solutions' operations in Colorado Springs, Colo.
A retired Navy pilot, Brooke had been with BAE Systems since 1998 until
assuming his new position with EADS in July. He was responsible for initiating
a new business development strategy for the company's field site in Colorado
Springs, which will be home to DOD's Northern Command beginning Oct. 1.
Brooke said EADS new federal division will focus on the defense and
homeland security communities.
For more, please see "EADS Telecom forms fed division"
Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta on Aug. 29 announced the selection
of eight federal security directors who will assume responsibility for 25
airports. To date, the Transportation Security Administration has named
145 federal security directors who are responsible for 380 airports.
* Julian Gonzales, Boise Air Terminal/Gowen Field, Idaho. He also will
assume responsibility for Friedman Memorial and Joslin Field Magic Valley
Regional airports in Idaho.
* Alan Anderson, Cherry Capital Airport, Mich. Also, airports in Manistee,
Emmet Alpena and Chippewa counties in Michigan.
* Robert Johnson, Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport, Mich.
* John Hursey, Duluth International Airport, Minn. Also, Falls International,
Bemidji City, Brainerd-Crow Wing and Chisolm-Hibbing Municipal airports
* Hugh Ford, Billings Logan International Airport, Mont. Also, Gallatin
Field, Bert Mooney and Yellowstone airports in Montana.
* Dempsey Jones III, Lehigh Valley International Airport, Pa. Also,
Reading Regional, Lancaster and Williamsport Regional airports in Pennsylvania.
* Gerald Chapman, Columbia Metropolitan Airport, S.C. Also, Florence
Regional and Bush Field airports in South Carolina.
* Ronald Hays, Tri-Cities Pasco Airport, Wash. Also, Walla Walla Regional
Airport and Yakima Air Terminal-McAllister Field in Washington, and Eastern
Oregon Regional Airport at Pendleton.