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White House aide Tom Gavin to join IT trade group

White House senior aide Tom Gavin is leaving the president’s staff to join the Information Technology Industry Council as its vice president for external affairs, according to a report from The Hill newspaper.

Gavin most recently served as White House special assistant to the president and director of Cabinet communications, as well as director of media affairs.

He also previously was an aide at the Office of Management and Budget and worked for former Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., for nine years.

He starts at the technology trade group in mid-February, according to the report.

Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Obama nominates new leaders for Army Materiel Command

President Barack Obama has nominated new leaders for the Army Materiel Command, which provides technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment.

Obama nominated Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via for the grade of general and assignment as commanding general of AMC in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Via serves as the current deputy commanding general and chief of staff of AMC.

Maj. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion has been nominated to be Via's replacement and for promotion to lieutenant general. McQuistion currently serves as commanding general of Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Ill.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Justice's antitrust chief to leave

The chief of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division will leave her post this year, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Sharis Pozen has served as Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Antitrust Division since August 2011. She may leave Justice this spring to return to private practice, WSJ reports. During her service, Pozen oversaw Justice's prevention of AT&T’s proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Obama nominates chiefs for policy, readiness, acquisition

President Barack Obama announced nominees Jan. 24 to fill several senior Defense Department positions for key management areas.

Erin Conaton is the nominee to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. She has been the undersecretary of the Air Force since 2010.

The undersecretary is a senior policy advisor to the defense secretary on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for active duty military personnel, including Guard and Reserve personnel, and DOD civilians employees. The undersecretary is also responsible for overseeing the state of military readiness.

Frank Kendall is the nominee to be the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. He has been the acting undersecretary since the former undersecretary Ashton Carter became the deputy defense secretary in 2011.

The undersecretary advises the defense secretary on all things DOD acquisition. He also supervises procurements and issues policies on the maintenance and upkeep of DOD's technology. The undersecretary also works on the upkeep of the defense industrial base through policies.

James Miller is the nominee to be the undersecretary of defense for policy. Miller has been the principle deputy undersecretary of defense for policy since 2009.

The undersecretary gives the defense secretary advice on new policies that align with national security objectives.

Each of the nominees must be confirmed by the Senate before taking the job.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments


New president assigned to National Defense University

The Defense Department's recent general officer assignments include new posts to the National Defense University and acquisition positions.

Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin has been assigned to serve as president of NDU in Washington, D.C. He previously served as the 48th commandant of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.

Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, who has been selected for the rank of major general, has been assigned to commanding general of Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Nichols leaves her position as program executive officer in Fort Belvoir, Va.

Col. Paul A. Ostrowski has been selected for the rank of brigadier general. Ostrowski has been assigned to be a program executive officer in Fort Belvoir, Va. He previously served as assistant deputy for acquisition and systems management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in Washington, D.C.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments


FCC chief planner set to leave

Chief planner of the Federal Communications Commission Paul de Sa will leave in February, Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

Since joining the FCC in 2009, de Sa has served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, reviewing various issues such as mergers, broadband expansion and spectrum issues.

“Paul’s rare combination of business insight, technical expertise, and policy smarts has made him indispensable to me and the agency as we’ve worked to unleash innovation and bring the benefits of broadband to all Americans," Genachowski said.

Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM2 comments


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