Comings and Goings

Comings and Goings

A regular feature of, 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.


The nation has a new family doctor. David Satcher currently director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was confirmed Tuesday to be the next surgeon general. The surgeon general's post has been vacant since Joycelyn Elders departed more than three years ago.

President Clinton has announced his intention to nominate David R. Oliver Jr., as principal deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and technology. Currently director of Business Development for Naval Systems in Northrop Grumann's Electronic Sensors and Systems Division, Oliver will serve as the second-ranking acquisition official at the Defense Department.

Charlie Rawls is the Agriculture Department's new general counsel. Bonnie Luken had been serving in the position on an acting basis since September 1997. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman said Rawls' experience and background "will provide for a smooth transition."

After a months-long search, Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Doris Meissner has selected Mary Ann Wyrsch as the agency's No. 2 official. Wyrsch, who currently works at the Labor Department, will replace Chris Sale as the highest-ranking civil servant at INS. Wyrsch will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the 26,000-person agency.

Wanda Kaye Jones has been appointed deputy assistant secretary for women's health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Jones will oversee the Public Health Service's Office on Women's Health. Jones has served since 1994 as the associate director for women's health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

Twenty-four year Secret Service veteran David Holmes is Commerce Secretary William Daley's choice to head up the agency's new effort to tighten access to classified information. Holmes' official title will be deputy assistant commerce secretary for security.

The Financial Accounting Foundation has announced that Anthony T. Cope and John M. Foster have been reappointed to the Financial Accounting Standards Board for five-year terms. Also, Robert J. Freeman, a professor of accounting at Texas Tech University, was reappointed to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board for a two-year term.

Rear Adm. Christopher E. Weaver will replace Rear Adm. Robert L. Ellis Jr. as Commandant of the Navy's Washington District. Weaver, a surface warfare officer, comes to the post after a tour with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


The Marine Corps has relieved Lt. Col. Stephen Watters because he told his squadron to destroy any evidence relating to last week's Italian ski gondola accident that killed 20 people, according to a report in the Associated Press. No charges have been filed against Watters, who joined the Marines in 1979.

Willie Card, the Federal Aviation Administration manager in charge of runway safety, has been transferred to another job amid a rise in runway mishaps. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that runway mishaps rose 11 percent last year to 318, the fifth straight year of increase. FAA spokesman Eliot Brenner said the agency is concerned about the rise in incidents, but said Card's transfer "shouldn't be mischaracterized" as a sign of concern over his performance. Card will take over supervision of 160 airport traffic control towers across the country.

Also at the FAA, George L. Donohue has withdrawn his nomination to be deputy administrator and will leave the agency by early summer. Donohue, FAA's associate administrator for research and aquisition, said he plans to move to the private sector. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater said Donohue "provided outstanding leadership to bring about unprecedented reform at the FAA."

According to a report in Federal Computer Week, Arthur Gross, who resigned as the IRS's shief information officer last week, has been appointed executive vice president and chief information officer of the Albany Medical Center in New York.


Newport News Shipbuilding received one of 10 national Golden Eagle awards from the Treasury Department for its support of the 1997 Savings Bonds Program. The award is presented to companies that have achieved both 50 percent or higher participation and added at least 3,000 new savers during the savings bond campaign.

Richard D. Kenyon, division manager of DynCorp's Fort Rucker division, won the 1997 Army Aviation Association of America Materiel Readiness Award for a contribution by an individual member of industry.

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