Roster Change

John Ortego, director of the National Finance Center, announced last week that he plans to move to the private sector in January after 32 years of public service.

Ortego, 55, has led the New Orleans-based center for the past five-and-a-half years, a period during which the NFC has become a showcase for centralized government services.

The Agriculture Department's NFC runs the electronic payroll system for 125 government agencies and manages the Thrift Savings Plan.

Previously, Ortego led a Department of Veterans Affairs modernization plan as well as the General Services Administration's systems integration and data center business. He was an auditor for the General Accounting Office and advised former Rep. Jack Brooks (D-Texas) on information systems.

For more information, see "Ortego closes government account."

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Robert Sturm has signed on full-time to lead the government contracting services division of H&K Strategic Business Solutions LLC (HKSBS), company officials announced Oct.

As executive consultant of the division, Sturm will advise companies on how to gain entry to or increase their prominence in the government marketplace. McLean, Va.-based HKSBS provides financial, strategic and operational advisory services to technology companies nationwide.

Sturm was president and chief executive officer of a consulting firm he founded in 2001, Paradigm Technology Consulting LLC, where he assisted public-sector companies in expanding their businesses. He also previously served as senior vice president of business development at NIC Commerce, and he is the founder of the Federal Electronic Commerce Coalition.

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Bruce Thompson has been appointed as principal consultant on emergency management at the National Center for Crisis and Continuity Coordination (NC4), the organization announced Sept. 25.

Reston, Va.-based NC4 is a division of Candle Corp. and is a for-profit organization focused on improving crisis and continuity management through bridging and collaboration of public and private organizations.

Before joining NC4, Thompson served as senior emergency management consultant for EDS' Emergency Management Services.

He served more than 20 years in the military, retiring in 1997 as a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps officer, specializing in plans, operations and medical intelligence. He co-authored the "First Responder Chem-Bio Handbook" and served as a consultant to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in the development of the Strategic Plan for Terrorism Preparedness in 2000.

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Chris Rother has been promoted to vice president at CDW-G Inc. and will be responsible for leading the company's inside and field sales forces for state and local and education markets.

Rother previously was executive director. She joined CDW in 1991 and was a member of the original team that launched CDW-G in 1998.

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