Roster Change

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, Ill.

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 100 programs.

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. 1.

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 core missions.


James Brooke has been named president of the new federal systems division at EADS Telecom North America, a provider of turnkey telecommunications networks.

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 in Minnesota.

* 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.


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