Firm hires wife of DHS CIO

Suzanne Cooper, wife of Homeland Security Department chief information officer Steve Cooper, is joining the consulting firm of Guerra, Kiviat, Flyzik & Associates as director of education services.

Suzanne Cooper, who has more than two decades of experience in education and training, will lead the firm's training programs in performance-based contracting and other procurement trends. The firm's clients are federal contractors.

"When you decide you're going to get into the education and training business, you can't have just a superficial [Microsoft Corp.] PowerPoint presentation approach," partner Robert Guerra said. "You really need a professional who understands education, who understands curriculum development, who understands a lesson plan and all the more strategic aspects of training."

Cooper developed a curriculum in emergency response training for the Commerce Department, Guerra said. She's developed lesson plans for adult training and education programs, and most recently worked as a substitute teacher in New York, he said. Eventually, she will conduct training sessions for the consulting firm, he said. Currently her role is in developing materials and planning lesson structures.

Steve Cooper declined to comment.

Engler considered next EPA head

John Engler, former governor of Michigan and an executive in charge of state and local business at EDS, is on a short list to become the next head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

He would replace Christie Whitman, the former New Jersey governor who resigned last week as EPA administrator. Engler, a former three-term governor, was appointed president of EDS' state and local government unit and vice president of government solutions for North America in January. But large budget shortfalls for states and cities have reduced IT budgets, making the business difficult, according to sources.

Wireless group could shut down

A joint initiative considered a valuable resource to help solve wireless radio interoperability issues for state and local agencies might be in jeopardy of closing down.

The fiscal 2003 budget funds the Public Safety Wireless Network, operated by the Justice and Treasury departments, at nearly $11 million. But Treasury has only provided $3.2 million, and a House conference report prevents the Justice Department from providing $7.5 million, its share for the initiative, according to a source familiar with the program. Without the funding, PSWN could shut down this summer.


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