Roster Change

John Gauss, the chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, announced his resignation June 4, saying he wanted to take a break from information technology after 34 years of helping to bring cutting-edge technology into government.

Gauss told his staff that he wanted to take a breather and then decide on what to do next. His deputy, Edward Meagher, will become the acting CIO at VA.

For more, see "Gauss resigning as CIO at VA."


A. Michael Andrews II, the Army's chief scientist and deputy assistant secretary for research and technology, announced he will be leaving the Defense Department to become chief technology officer of L-3 Communications Corp., a government contractor.

Andrews has been the Army's chief scientist since 1998. Under his leadership, the Army has undertaken projects such as the Future Combat Systems initiative and its transformation efforts.

For more, see "Army's chief scientist to exit."


Retired Rear Adm. William Cobb Jr. has been named vice president of strategic planning for Anteon International Corp., the company announced June 9.

Cobb, who retired from the Navy earlier this year, will serve with the Fairfax, Va.-based company's systems engineering group.

He had served as program executive officer (PEO) for ships since that organization's inception in November 2002 and previously was PEO of Theater Surface Combatants, which was changed to PEO Ships.

PEO Ships provides the Navy with a single, platform-focused organization that concentrates knowledge, management skills and buying power for the acquisition and modernization of all non-nuclear surface ships.

Anteon is an information technology and engineering solutions company providing support to the federal government and international sectors. The company designs, integrates, maintains and upgrades systems for national defense, intelligence, emergency response and other high priority government missions.


Cary Gravatt will serve as the acting director of the Office of Space Commercialization at the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, the organization announced June 6.

He takes over the role from deputy undersecretary Benjamin Wu who has served as the agency's acting interim director.

Gravatt will oversee policy development, analyze markets and work to promote the international competitiveness of the U.S. space industry. Most recently, he served as the director of the Manufacturing Competitiveness Office within the Technology Administration.


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