Roster Change

Fred Thompson, a longtime information technology official at the Treasury Department, will end his 30-year federal career on Nov. 1.

He is leaving the federal government in the midst of a departmental reorganization that resulted in cuts to the IT staff.

Thompson, assistant director for consulting and marketing at Treasury's Office of the Chief Information Officer, is the latest IT official to announce his departure. Last week, Mayi Canales, the acting CIO, said she was leaving her job in government effective Oct. 25 to start a consulting business.

Mike Parker, currently the director of Enterprise IT Business Planning and Assurance for Treasury's CIO office, will become the interim acting CIO while officials look for a permanent candidate. Parker began his tenure at Treasury as director of financial management for the CIO office in 1999.

For more, see "Changes in store at Treasury."


Matt DeZee, who stepped down as South Carolina's CIO Sept. 30, has joined American Management Systems Inc.'s Office of Digital Government and Technology.

DeZee said he will work on state government-level activities but also take advantage of his federal experience. Prior to his stint in South Carolina, he spent two years as director of computing and global telecommunications for the CIA, where he was responsible for global networks, central computing services, consolidated data centers and strategic use of future technologies.

Until the association replaces him, DeZee will remain on the National Association of State Chief Information Officers' Security and Reliability Committee.

For more, see "Another state CIO lands at AMS."


Howard Stern has been appointed senior vice president of Federal Sources Inc. and will lead FSI's consulting group, the company announced Oct. 21.

He will be responsible for FSI's consulting and advisory services business and will play a key role in the development and implementation of FSI's overall strategy.

Stern joins FSI from the Ballantine Group, a consultancy that he founded to help IT companies bring their solutions to the public-sector market. Previously, he was senior vice president for market development at Aquilent, Inc., formerly Commerce One e-Government Solutions. At Aquilent, he led all business development, marketing, and sales activities in the federal, state, local and international public-sector markets.

His 20-year career also includes a variety of executive positions at Reliable Integration Services,, Sterling Commerce, Sterling Software and Sprint.


Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta announced the selection of two more federal security directors on Oct. 25. A total of 156 FSDs with responsibility for about 425 airports have now been selected.

* Clarence Putnam, who recently retired from the Immigration and Naturalization Service, was named federal security director for Joe Foss Field in Sioux Falls and four other South Dakota airports.

* William Haleck will be federal security director in Pago Pago, American Samoa. He is a veteran law enforcement officer, including 24 years as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.


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