Roster change

Richard Clarke, who has led the federal government's efforts to protect the nation's critical systems for the past four years, confirmed Jan. 30 that he is stepping down.

The announcement by Clarke, most recently chairman of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, comes on the heels of the departure of John Tritak, director of the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, who left his government position on Jan. 10.

For more, see "Security guru Clarke confirms departure."


John Ortego, the out-going director of the Agriculture Department's National Finance Center in New Orleans, left federal government Jan. 31 and will be starting his own consulting firm.

For more, see "Ortego to start consulting firm."


Ronald Dick, former deputy assistant director of the FBI and former director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, last week joined Computer Sciences Corp. as the director of information assurance strategic initiatives.

Dick is part of the company's Global Information Security Services unit. His responsibilities include formulating market strategies as well as providing technical advice and solution development services to the government on information assurance polices, plans and programs supporting homeland security and the war on terrorism, the company announced Feb. 3.


Lisa Smittcamp Goeas has been named chief of staff for the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA announced Jan. 27.

As chief of staff, she will serve as Administrator Hector Barreto's primary adviser on internal agency affairs and external relations, including program and policy matters of national impact. She also will monitor the overall effectiveness of agency program management and execution.

Goeas previously served as deputy chief of staff to former Sen. Tim Hutchinson (R-Ark.). She also worked on the Bush-Quayle presidential campaign as an information specialist.


Jo-Anne Barnard has been appointed as chief financial and chief administrative officer at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, USPTO announced Jan. 31.

During the past seven years, Barnard has been director of USPTO's Office of Space Acquisition. In that capacity, she has managed the selection and development of the agency's new campus in Alexandria, Va., which USPTO will begin to occupy later this year.


Jule Sigall has been appointed as associate register for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, effective Feb. 10.

Sigall joins the Copyright Office from the law firm Arnold and Porter, where he was a senior associate in the firm's intellectual property and technology practice group and specialized in copyright law and its application to new technologies.

From 1997 to 1998, Sigall worked at the Copyright Office in the Office of Policy and International Affairs, making significant contributions to a number of copyright policy issues and legislative matters, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 and the No Electronic Theft Act of 1997.


Ron Fresne has joined the OpenGIS Consortium (OGC) staff as interoperability initiatives manager.

Working with technologists from agencies, companies and universities worldwide, Fresne will be responsible for ensuring the execution of OGC interoperability initiatives, which include test beds, pilot projects, feasibility studies and other activities.

He comes to OGC from a senior engineering and project management role at ObjectFX Corp.


Len Capelli has been appointed as vice president of Provance Technologies Inc.'s U.S. Government Group, the company announced Jan. 30. He has been with Provance since March 2001.

The U.S. government market has been a primary market focus for Provancebecause of its close alignment with the information technology seat management concept.


James Berry has been appointed as vice president of McNeil Technologies Inc.'s Security Services Center, the company announced Jan. 31.

Berry served 28 years in the Army before retiring as a colonel in 2001. Prior to retirement, Berry was the vice deputy director for administration for the Defense Intelligence Agency.

More recently, Berry served as a senior intelligence analyst for the Defense Mission Systems Division for Northrop Grumman Corp. Information Technology. There, he provided analytical support to the Army Intelligence Master Plan program.

In his new position, Berry will expand the business opportunities for McNeil's Security Services Center within the intelligence community and the broader areas of the federal government. McNeil is known for providing airport security as well as access control, mail services and secure facilities, and personnel security management. ***

Max Peterson has been named vice president of federal sales at CDW Government Inc. (CDW-G), the company announced Jan. 28.

Toward the latter part of 2002, the company won a number of contracts, blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) and task orders. Examples include the National Institutes of Health's Electronic Commodity Store III and a BPA with the Agriculture Department for antivirus software and services.

Peterson, a 17-year veteran of the federal IT arena, will work to ensure that federal customers continue having great CDW-G purchasing experiences.


Mark Gerencser has been selected as a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, the firm announced Jan. 27.

Gerencser will lead the company's global assurance business, which addresses homeland security for government and enterprise resilience for private industry.

Gerencser has been with Booz Allen for 20 years. He joined the firm in 1982 and was promoted to vice president in 1995.


John Hillen has joined American Management Systems Inc. (AMS) as a senior vice president to lead the defense and intelligence practice within AMS' public-sector group, the company announced Jan. 28.

Hillen is the author of two acclaimed books, a contributor to several more. His professional experience includes a distinguished tenure as an Army officer and public policy expert.

Prior to joining AMS, Hillen was the chief operating officer of Island ECN Inc., a Wall Street technology firm that rose to become the nation's largest global electronic agency securities broker.


Jeffrey Feinberg has been named director of operations for Verizon Communications' Federal Network Systems (FNS), the company announced Jan. 20.

In this capacity, Feinberg is responsible for the oversight of FNS programs including contracts with the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Energy Department, the State Department's Diplomatic Telecommunications Services Program Office, NASA, the Navy, the Air Force and the Treasury Department.


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