An honorable Jump Start
For the third year, a number of groups — including FCW’s parent, 1105 Government Information Group — sponsored Operation Jump Start, an event to help the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom move to civilian careers.

More than 400 people from the information technology community attended the event Jan. 31 at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Va. Those who attended brought more than 400 business suits for the soldiers and gave $50,000 to go toward care of the service members.

A number of soldiers attended the event. So did Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson and Ed Meagher, the Interior Department’s deputy chief information officer.

Groups helping with the event were the CIO Council, the IT Industry Association, the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, the Industry Advisory Council and AFCEA International’s Bethesda, Md., chapter.

Ray Kane keeps on pedaling
Consultant Ray Kane has been a fixture in the government IT market. He is one of those remarkable people who has only friends and no enemies.

Late last month, Kane turned the big eight-oh — yes, 80. And he did it in Kane style with a big party at Tysons Corner. The Kane birthday party has been something of a celebration over the years, but it was special for somebody marking eight decades.

During the speeches, consultant Bob Woods said Kane’s secret is that he wakes up feeling as if every day is Christmas.

As a birthday gift, Kane got a very sporty Schwinn bicycle, complete with a license plate and package of Depends — adult diapers — strapped behind the seat. Kane said he never had a bicycle when he was growing up and always wanted one. So if you see Ray cruising around Washington, D.C., on his new bike, stand clear.

Read “A few minutes with... Ray Kane” on FlipSide and find a link to photos of the event on’s Download at

Comings and goings
There has been a lot of churn at GSA.


  • Marty Wagner retired at the end of January from his post as deputy commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.
  • J. David Bethel retired from his post as associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Communications, which manages the portal. Martha Dorris was named acting associate administrator.
  • John Sindelar retired Feb. 3 after a long government career. Most recently, he was administrator of GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy. Beginning March 15, Sindelar will join EDS’ Global Government Industry program.
  • Barney Brasseux was named acting deputy commissioner of GSA’s FAS.
  • Brian Mabry and Karen Kirksey are on board as deputy associate administrators of GSA’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs.

Other people on the move:
  • Harris Miller, the former president of ITAA who left in 2006 to run for U.S. Senate, is the new chief executive officer and president of the Career College Association.
  • John Dalrymple, former deputy commissioner of operations support at the Internal Revenue Service, has joined Deloitte and Touche’s Deloitte Services as a director in the organization’s federal practice in Washington, D.C.
  • Jennifer Dorn will become the president and chief executive officer of the National Academy of Public Administration beginning March 1. She is the U.S. representative on the World Bank board.
  • Dan Arnold is the director of corporate alliances and partnerships for Multimax. Most recently, Arnold was associate publisher and advertising director at PostNewsweek Tech Media.
  • Cathy Garman left her post as senior vice president of government relations at the Contract Services Association to rejoin the House Armed Services Committee’s Readiness Subcommittee’s majority staff. Garman worked with the committee eight years ago before she left to join CSA.
  • Colleen Preston joined the Contract Services Association as senior vice president of public policy. She had been deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform.  
Read about more people on the move on’s Comings & Goings blog at

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