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Cybersecurity expert Richard Clarke lands new gig

Former presidential adviser Richard A. Clarke begins the new year as a member of Identive Group's board of directors, according to an Identive press release.

Clarke most recently served as chairman of risk management firm Good Harbor Consulting, but he brings three decades of federal security experience to Identive, which specializes in identification, security and RFID products and services. Clarke served as a counterterrorism and security adviser to three presidents from 1992 to 2003. He also has experience from the Defense and State departments and the intelligence community. He authored several books, including 2010's "Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About It."

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Outgoing GPO chief appoints first female deputy public printer

Public Printer Bill Boarman appointed Davita Vance-Cooks to serve as deputy public printer, according to a Government Printing Office announcement.

Vance-Cooks is the first woman appointed to the position -- the second highest at the GPO. She has served as Chief of Staff to the Public Printer since January, and has held senior management positions at the GPO for nearly eight years. Some of her accomplishments at GPO include developing the GOP Express program with FedEx, launching an award-winning government book blog, and leading a partnership with Google to make federal e-books available.

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


No Senate vote, no GPO chief

Public Printer Bill Boarman will step down at the end of the Congressional session after the Senate did not vote to confirm him, according to a statement from the Government Printing Office.

As a recess appointee, Boarman has led the GPO for the last 20 months while waiting for confirmation. In November, two Republican senators dropped the hold on Boarman's nomination, but new objections arose Saturday, according to a Washington Post article. Without confirmation before the end of the year, recess appointees must step down from their posts.

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM1 comments


Air Force Space Command CIO to get some help

Air Force Col. Kimberly A. Crider has been picked for promotion to Brigadier General, and for assignment as mobilization assistant to the director of communications and information and CIO at the Headquarters of the Air Force Space Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

Crider became mobilization augmentee to the director of communications and information at Space Command in April 2010, according to her official bio.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


FCC chief of staff to leave in January

Federal Communications Commission Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus plans to leave his position Jan. 31, NextGov reports.

Lazarus served as top aide to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski since June 2009. Genachowski credits Lazarus with Universal Service Fund reform , the creation of the Connect America Fund, consumer empowerment around 'bills shock,' and increased consumer protection. "These and other initiatives to grow our economy and benefit our citizens would not have been possible without Eddie," Genachowski wrote in a Dec. 14 statement.

Lazarus came to the FCC from the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He also wrote "Closed Courts," a book based on his time as a law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun. He has not announced his future plans.

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Company formerly known as Xe, formerly known as Blackwater, changes names again

Maybe the name Xe Services LLC didn't just didn't catch on the way the company wanted or perhaps Blackwater was just the stronger brand -- albeit best known for high-profile scandals in the Iraq war. Either way, the security services contractor is changing its name again, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Newly rechristened as Academi, company president and CEO Ted Wright told WSJ the new name and new logo signal how the company aims to be "boring." Wright said the company will focus on regulatory compliance and contract management.

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM4 comments


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