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FCC chief of staff to leave in January

Federal Communications Commission Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus plans to leave his position Jan. 31, NextGov reports.

Lazarus served as top aide to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski since June 2009. Genachowski credits Lazarus with Universal Service Fund reform , the creation of the Connect America Fund, consumer empowerment around 'bills shock,' and increased consumer protection. "These and other initiatives to grow our economy and benefit our citizens would not have been possible without Eddie," Genachowski wrote in a Dec. 14 statement.

Lazarus came to the FCC from the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He also wrote "Closed Courts," a book based on his time as a law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun. He has not announced his future plans.

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 14, 2011 at 7:21 PM0 comments


Company formerly known as Xe, formerly known as Blackwater, changes names again

Maybe the name Xe Services LLC didn't just didn't catch on the way the company wanted or perhaps Blackwater was just the stronger brand -- albeit best known for high-profile scandals in the Iraq war. Either way, the security services contractor is changing its name again, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Newly rechristened as Academi, company president and CEO Ted Wright told WSJ the new name and new logo signal how the company aims to be "boring." Wright said the company will focus on regulatory compliance and contract management.

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 13, 2011 at 7:21 PM4 comments


Defense financial office gets new exec

Andrew S. Morgan has been assigned as director for business integration office for the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), according to a Dec. 13 announcement of senior executive service assignments. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) oversees the Defense Department's financial policy, financial management systems, and business modernization efforts. Morgan previously served as director for contracts and eBusiness policy for Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington, D.C.

Posted by FCW Staff on Dec 13, 2011 at 7:21 PM0 comments


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