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Tritak Leaves Government

John Tritak, head of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office and a longtime leader of public/private partnerships in the information security arena, left government Jan. 10, according to a Commerce Department spokesperson.

The CIAO is one of several infrastructure protection organizations that are destined for the Homeland Security Department, and the White House reportedly was planning to name Tritak to lead the department's infrastructure protection division.

Tritak did not return calls, but he told friends that he has been planning to leave for some time.

Tritak came to the CIAO in July 1999 and was immediately thrown into the controversy surrounding the Clinton administration's plan to create a governmentwide intrusion-detection network.

In the Bush administration, he served as the primary contact for federal outreach to the state, local and private sector entities involved in developing the draft National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

EDS' Rosenburg Switches Firms

Rick Rosenburg, who headed EDS' efforts on the Navy Marine Corps Intranet from the end of 1999 until the middle of last year, has left the company to become a managing partner at Unisys Corp.

Rosenburg was EDS' program executive for NMCI even before the company was awarded the $6.9 billion contract in October 2000. In July 2002, he was promoted to lead the development and deployment of similar enterprisewide efforts for other agencies.

He was succeeded by Bill Richard, a 22-year EDS veteran and former enterprise client executive for EDS' business with Continental Airlines Inc.

Rosenburg is a managing partner for defense in Unisys' global sector. He will be responsible for "end-to-end services provided to the Department of Defense," according to Unisys spokeswoman Lisa Meyer. "He will also play a lead role in our homeland security strategy."

Balutis Resigns FGIPC Post

Alan Balutis, executive director of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils (FGIPC), has resigned in the wake of controversy over his outside consulting work.

Balutis signed an agreement Jan. 17 to leave his position as executive director of FGIPC, a collection of professional groups that fosters communication among federal information technology managers, users and vendors.

Bob Woods, chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, said the IAC and FGIPC boards could not reach an agreement with Balutis about his outside consulting work. Balutis wanted to continue the outside work, arguing that it was within the terms of the job. But the board said he could not.

"We couldn't reach an agreement of what he believed his terms were," Woods said in an interview with Federal Computer Week. "I believe he believes that he did well, and I think we believe he did some good things. We would have liked him to stay if he could agree with the terms."

Balutis had no immediate comment and declined to talk about future plans.

Hale to Move On?

Also on the move is Janet Hale — one of many federal officials moving to the Homeland Security Department. President Bush nominated her to be the department's undersecretary for management. She must be confirmed by the Senate. Hale has been assistant secretary for budget, technology and finance at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Program Guidance Anticipated

The Office of Personnel Management's final guidance for program managers may not be out until June, sources say. OPM released draft guidance in October 2002 that would help agencies identify project manager positions, clarify their duties, recruit and develop project managers, and implement training programs. The guidance also attempts to remove barriers for project managers who want to advance but stay in their profession. Stay tuned for release of the final document.

Scores on the Rise

Office of Management and Budget officials are predicting more improvement in agencies' scores on the President's Management Agenda score card, which will be updated next month when the fiscal 2004 budget is released.

The score card gives a red, yellow or green score indicating where each agency stands on the five items in the President's Management Agenda: strategic workforce management, expanded use of e-government, increased competitive bidding of government services, improved financial performance and linking performance to budgets.

On the first score card released in February 2002, more than 85 percent of the scores were red. Agencies have been making progress, but observers should not expect to see any dramatic status improvement on the score card to be released with the fiscal 2004 budget, said Robert Shea, a counselor to Mark Everson, OMB's deputy director for management.

It will take time for agencies to find and fix all of the management problems in every area, but "the score card is working," he said at a luncheon. n

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