Comings and Goings

Every Monday on, Comings and Goings announces the arrivals and departures of top federal managers and executives. To submit an announcement, e-mail it to or fax it to 202-739-8511.


Liova D. Juarez has been named general counsel at the Western Area Power Administration. She has been deputy general counsel since 1992. Juarez has worked as an attorney at the agency, which is part of the Energy Department, since 1986, before which she was an attorney for the General Services Administration.

The Administration for Children and Families in the Health and Human Services Department has named three "hub" directors to improve coordination among regional offices. Sharon Fujii, formerly regional administrator for the San Francisco region, will be the Pacific-West hub director. Joyce A. Thomas, formerly commissioner of social services for the state of Connecticut, will be the Midwest hub director. Mary Ann Higgins, formerly regional administrator for the New York region, will be Northeast hub director.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Michael A. Sheehan is the State Department's new counterterrorism coordinator. He was previously deputy assistant secretary for international organization affairs.


Dean Helms, site office manager at the Energy Department's Jefferson Lab in Oak Ridge, Tenn., has retired after more than 32 years of federal service. Helms has overseen the lab's operations since 1988. From May 1997 to July 1998, Helms served on a special assignment as executive manager at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, where he turned around the lab after DOE terminated its contract with the lab's management contractor amid controversy over an underground leak of radioactive tritium.

Santa Claus has returned to the North Pole after another successful Christmas, according to the folks at NORAD. "Santa and his reindeer are taking a well-earned rest," the NORAD Santa trackers said.

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