Comings and Goings

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.


Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jane Garvey has named Daniel J. Mehan the agency's first chief information officer (CIO). As CIO, Mehan will serve as the principal FAA advisor on information technology and will direct strategic planning activities for information technology across the agency.

President Clinton has appointed Rudy de Leon, undersecretary of Defense for personnel and readiness, to serve as a member of the National Partnership Council, which advises the President on matters involving labor-management relations in the executive branch and in promoting labor-management partnerships.

Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman has been busy making new appointments. Timothy Galvin is the new administrator of the Foreign Agricultural Service, where he will oversee the administration of programs to foster exports of American agricultural, fish and forest products. Sally Thompson, the department's chief financial officer, will be taking on some new duties as acting assistant secretary for administration. Thompson will oversee the poliy and coordination of USDA's administrative activities, including human resources, ethics and procurement.

President Clinton will nominate Robert W. Gee as assistant secretary for fossil energy at the Department of Energy. In the position, Gee will be responsible for research and development programs involving fossil fuels.

The Treasury Department's Financial Service Commissioner Richard L. Gregg has selected Bettsy H. Lane as assistant commissioner for federal finance. Prior to her appointment, Lane led FMS' Cash Management Directorate for five years.


Capt. Chip McCord will no longer serve as the Navy's supervisor of salvage and diving and director of ocean engineering. During McCord's four-year tenure, his organization completed more than 36 ship salvage operations supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and foreign nations.

U.S. Customs Service Special Agent in Charge Raphael Lopez, Customs Management Service Director D. Lynn Gordon and Port Director at Miami International Airport Jayson Ahern have been transferred out of Miami as part of a series of reforms "designed to renew confidence in the agency and eliminate unfairness in promotions and discipline," The Miami Herald has reported. All three were included last month in a Herald report on favoritism within Customs, which detailed their rise to top-level positions despite records of failed management.

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