The Circuit

Comings and Goings

Maybe it was the July heat that led high-powered people to take the new jobs with the new companies. The month brought a healthy number of personnel announcements.

Raytheon appointed Ron Ross to be vice president of Raytheon Co. Information Solutions (RIS), a new business unit the company recently created to consolidate most of its information technology activity under one roof. Ross' resume reads like a who's who of federal contractors, including Scientific and Engineering Solutions Inc., Compaq Federal LLC, CACI International Inc. and Computer Sciences Corp. He held top executive positions at all of the firms.

Consultancy and integrator BearingPoint Inc. named Richard Roberts to be executive vice president of the company's public services business unit. Roberts had been senior vice president of BearingPoint's North American federal government services practice and replaces Dan Johnson, who will become chief operating officer of Anteon International Corp., a Virginia-based defense contractor.

And NCI Information Systems appointed Kelly Callison vice president and deputy general manager of its Homeland Security and Civilian Services Group. Callison came from CNA Corp., where he served as director of decision support systems. Prior to that, he had worked with defense contractor Battelle, and had served in the Coast Guard.

Audience Participation

"How many of you wanted to be a government manager when you graduated from college? Raise your hands," said Patricia McLagen, chairwoman of McLagen International Inc., at her breakout session in this year's Excellence in Government conference. There was a long pause. Roughly 50 government managers sat in silence, then craned their necks to get a good look at the one man in the back who had extended his hand.

The man, with enthusiasm befitting Harry Potter's schoolmate Hermione Granger, explained that his father had been an excellent federal manager.

"It is really comical," McLagan said later. "Few people in the public or private sector ever raise their hands when I ask that question." McLagan wants people to approach management as a profession despite the fact that many people fall into their positions as managers in order to get a raise or a promotion. "I'd like to see people have the excitement about managing as a profession."

Who was the man in the back? It remains unknown — he made a quick exit after the session.

Kangaroo Court

Officials at the Homeland Security Department may have found a way to merge the 22 agencies it now includes into a single organization, at least in name. For some of the larger agencies that came over to the department intact, such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, officials have taken to charging a dollar each time someone says the old name of the agency instead of its new designation, said Janet Hale, undersecretary of management, at a July 22 forum sponsored by the Heritage Foundation. That's one way to force cooperation. And even if it doesn't work, maybe it could help out the department with its budget concerns.

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