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Turnaround Artist

November 1, 2005 Ramesh Punwani is leading FAA to financial fitness. For at least a decade, Ramesh Punwani's trusty sidekick has been a Hewlett Packard 12C business calculator, a vintage model which-it's rumored on the Internet-is sturdy enough to go in one end of a hippopotamus and come out the other still working. ...

Highway in the Sky

November 1, 2005 Just imagine your car could fly. It'll be a long, long time-maybe Infiniti-before your Thunderbird could Venture down the interstate and sprout wings at the first sight of a traffic jam. But don't Saab. Your Expeditions could become smoother in the not-too-distant future, because the government is paving a highway ...

The New Regime

October 19, 2005 Maybe it does take a rocketeer to manage NASA. That's the unspoken premise in every move Michael Griffin has made since taking his oath on April 14 as the space agency's 11th administrator. While restructuring management and revamping NASA's plans for the moon and Mars, Griffin has made it clear ...

Clean Sweep

October 15, 2005 Katrina will spawn the biggest relief effort in recent history, a massive public works project and a major reassessment of emergency response. It also could restructure government at every level. As the nation attempts to sort out the lessons of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, government, in both its political ...

Supply Master

October 1, 2005 Alan Estevez is making sure every military service member has exactly the right equipment at the right time-no more and no less. A year ago, agents from the Government Accountability Office paid an Internet liquidator $483 for 42 pairs of cold-weather boots that had cost the Defense Department $5,670, or ...

The Mars Czar

October 1, 2005 Orlando Figueroa doesn't own a telescope, but he dreams about the day scientists find signs of life on Mars. The first weeks of 2004 were trying times for Orlando Figueroa. One of the twin mobile robots that landed on Mars that January wasn't functioning properly. Figueroa, the director of NASA's ...

Linda Jacobs Washington

September 15, 2005 Transportation Linda Jacobs Washington Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration, Acting Chief Human Capital Officer Linda Jacobs Washington is the Transportation Department's deputy assistant secretary for administration and its acting chief human capital officer. She manages the delivery of centralized services to Transportation's 10 operating administrations and is responsible for ensuring ...

Vicki Novak

September 15, 2005 NASA Vicki Novak Chief Human Capital Officer NASA is retooling its workforce to support President Bush's January 2004 directive to return Americans to the moon by 2020 and later send them to Mars. "With the new vision for space exploration comes the challenge to be more innovative in human capital ...

David J. Litman

September 15, 2005 Transportation David J. Litman Senior Procurement Executive When David J. Litman is asked to list his top priorities as the Transportation Department's senior procurement executive, "acquisition workforce" is one of the first phrases out of his mouth. His staff is busy implementing an Office of Management and Budget policy directive ...

Thomas Luedtke

September 15, 2005 NASA Thomas Luedtke Assistant Administrator for Procurement NASA's top shopper considers it a miracle when he comes out of his local price club without spending hundreds of dollars. Tom Luedtke also buys a lot of stuff online. Selection and prices are better, and it sure beats walking from store to ...