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
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
Andrew S. Morgan has been assigned as director for business integration office for the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), according to a Dec. 13 announcement of senior executive service assignments. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) oversees the Defense Department's financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization efforts. Morgan previously served as director for contracts and eBusiness policy for Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.
Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
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
The Army's main acquisition office and Cyber Command will receive new additions according to a Dec. 5 general officers announcement.
Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Bass will serve as director for contracting in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in Washington, D.C. He previously served as the commanding general of Expeditionary Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Ala. ECC provides contracting support to Army and other federal installations outside the continental U.S.
Brig. Gen. George J. Franz III has been assigned to be director, current operations, J-33, U.S. Cyber Command in Fort Meade, Md. He most recently served as chief, CJ-2 with the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, part of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Cornell University Professor Mason Peck is the new NASA chief technologist, NASA announced in a Nov. 8 news release.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden picked Peck to be the agency’s principal adviser and advocate on technology policy and programs. Peck, who starts in January, is charged with coordinating, tracking and integrating technology investments across the agency
"Mason's lifelong commitment to learning and expertise in aerospace engineering makes him ideally suited to advise and help guide the agency toward the technologies and innovations that will enable our future missions," Bolden said.
Peck will serve at NASA under an intergovernmental personnel agreement with Cornell, where he is an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
He succeeds Robert Braun, who returned to Georgia Institute of Technology.
Peck has worked at NASA before, as an engineer on the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites. His academic research has been supported by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts and the International Space Station.
He also has worked for Boeing, Honeywell, Northrop Grumman, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin and Bell Helicopter. He has authored 82 academic articles and holds 17 patents in the U.S. and European Union.
Peck earned a doctorate in aerospace engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles and a master's degree in English literature from the University of Chicago.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Nov 09, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments