People: Turning heads at EPA

People: Turning heads at EPA

Every Monday on, the People column 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.

Steve Snider is the new associate administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Communications, Education and Media Relations. Part of Snider's job will be to serve as chief agency spokesman. Before joining EPA, Snider was president of King Harvest Communications, a media production and strategic communications firm. Snider's career history includes stints in journalism and as a Senate staffer.

President Clinton this week announced his intention to nominate W. Michael McCabe as deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. McCabe now serves as the regional administrator of EPA's mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. As a deputy administrator, McCabe would to provide agency leadership and be the acting administrator in the administrator's absence.

Craig B. Luigart has been appointed chief information officer of the Department of Education. After seeing the agency through Y2K, Luigart will manage the department's computer operations and technology development. A former corporate and U.S. Navy information management executive, Luigart last served as chief technology officer for Just Medicine Inc., of Norcross, Ga.

Bruce Lawlor is assuming command of the Defense Department's new Joint Task Force for Civil Support, an organization designed to help out civilian emergency agencies in the event of a terrorist attack or other disaster. Lawlor is a brigadier general in the Army National Guard, a Vietnam veteran and a former intelligence officer.

Andrew Fish is leaving Capitol Hill to join the Agriculture Department as the new assistant secretary for congressional relations. Fish spent two years as deputy chief counsel to Rep. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee.

Didier Trinh has joined the Federal Managers Association as legislative representative. In that role, Trinh will represent the interests of government managers and supervisors through congressional and government lobbying. Trinh is familiar with the Hill. He last served as legislative associate to U.S. Rep. Joseph Knollenberg, R-Mich.

Kudos to the winners of the 1999 Department of Defense maintenance awards. The awards recognize weapon system and equipment maintenance achievements within DoD during the past year. The winners are:

  • Navy-Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity
    Norfolk Naval Station, Norfolk, Va.
    This unit is the winner of the Phoenix Trophy, the top defense maintenance award, for improving ship and submarine maintenance and readiness and for saving DoD approximately $23 million.
  • Army-Ground Mobility Division, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment
    Ft. Knox, Ky.
    This unit improved working conditions and renovated facilities with a projected savings of more than $70 million.
  • Navy-Naval Security Group Activity
    Groton, Conn.
    The cryptologic maintenance personnel of this activity completed 43 installations and 27 removals of equipment on board Atlantic Fleet submarines.
  • Air Force- 3rd Wing
    Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
    The wing received a rating of excellent during the 1997 Headquarters Pacific Air Forces combat employment readiness inspection.
  • Air Force-660th/749th Aircraft Generation Squadrons
    Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
    These squadrons deployed 19 KC-10 aircraft, 133 maintenance personnel, and more than 1,700 pieces of equipment in just five days to support United Nations' operations in Iraq.
  • Marine Corps-Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12
    Iwakuni, Japan
    This squadron received consistently high mission capability rates.

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