Roster Change

Al Vincent has been appointed as associate administrator for telecommunication sciences and director of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Institute for Telecommunication Sciences in Boulder, Colo.

He will serve as the principal adviser to Nancy Victory, assistant secretary for communications and information, on telecommunication sciences.

From 1998 to 2001, Vincent was with the TeleManagement Forum, a nonprofit global organization that works to improve the management and operation of information and communications services. Previously, he was a project manager and computing architect at Qwest Communications International Inc. in Denver, Colo., from 1991 to 1998.

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EDS on Nov. 15 announced that President Bush intends to appoint Albert Edmonds, president of EDS U.S. Government Solutions, to serve on the administration's National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

The president established the 30-member council in 2001 to provide advice on the security of information systems for critical infrastructure supporting various sectors of the economy, including energy, banking and finance, transportation, manufacturing and emergency government services.

A retired Air Force lieutenant general, Edmonds spent the later part of his military career as director for C4 systems on the Joint Staff and then as the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency.

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Microsoft Corp. has appointed Thomas Richey as its federal director of homeland security. Richey will be responsible for developing and executing Microsoft's strategy in the U.S. government's evolving homeland security policy.

Richey has a long and distinguished record in public service, beginning in 1981 as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and as a senior policy adviser in the U.S. Senate. In 2001, Richey retired from the Coast Guard with the rank of commander and became senior policy adviser to senior Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

With Microsoft, Richey's responsibilities will include working with policymakers, federal, state and local government customers, and Microsoft partners and systems integrators to develop an information technology framework for homeland security.

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Janet Ballantyne has been named group vice president of Abt Associates Inc.'s international development line of business.

Ballantyne joins the company from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she served as a foreign service officer for 26 years. At USAID, she provided strategic guidance on all agency policy and laid the foundation for the agency's new structure. She also led the development of the first USAID strategic plan and monitoring system to conform to the Government Performance Results Act.

Since its founding in 1965, Abt Associates has provided research and consulting services to U.S. foreign, federal, state and local governments, international organizations, foundations, and business and industry.

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H&K Strategic Business Solutions announced the formation of a board of advisers Nov. 18, as part of its effort to help growing government contractors succeed.

Joining the HKSBS advisory board are:

* Jack Hughes, who will serve as chairman. He is the newly appointed senior vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of IITRI, a nonprofit engineering and technology company.

* Carl McNair, the special assistant to the president and chief executive officer at DynCorp, responsible for the executive oversight and coordination of DynCorp Government Relations and Legislative Affairs.

* Israel Feldman, founder of Government Computer News, the E-Gov national conference and expo, and the Industry Advisory Council.

* Gary Nelson, who has more than 25 years of experience in government and technology services. He helped lead SRA International Inc. from $2 million in revenues to more than $300 million as head of business development and corporate ventures, retiring as vice chairman.

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