Beltway Biz

Biz is bright pink! That's Marilyn Bersoff, vice president of BTG, and BTG's Director of Public Affairs Theda Parish, leaders in launching Women in Technology, which celebrates its first anniversary April 20.

The Evil Empire is the alias used for Microsoft in America Online's chat room.

No industrial policy at the House Science Committee as long as Chairman Robert Walker is on the hustings. Walker ripped into Sematech for its "colossal failure" in memory chips. Since Sematech has been spectacularly successful by focusing only on improving the semiconductor industry, we think the chairman meant to flail now-folded U.S. Memories, which did focus on memory chips, exclusively. But since he didn't mention the successful U.S. chip industry revival, Biz can't be sure.

UUNet, which inked deals with Microsoft and America Online, reportedly is standing in line at the Securities and Exchange Commission's filing window for a public offering, right behind Performance Systems International, which announced a couple of weeks ago.

The State of the Northern Virginia Economy and Strategic Focal Industries will be discussed by Mario Morino, the Legent entrepreneur and founder of the Morino Institute, and George Mason University's Dr. Roger Stough, in a seminar preceding the Northern Virginia Tech Council's annual dinner on April 18.

Bottom-line based policy groups such as Bob Vasteen's Congressional Economic Leadership Council and Carol Cox Wait's Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget draw Congressional headliners these days.

Washington fans of California Gov. Pete Wilson expect him to announce by the first week in April -- and Georgetown's trendy Citronelle restaurant, a Santa Barbara export, will continue unofficially as Sacramento East.

Shoring up support for the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Program is an agreement with the powerful Science and Technology Council of the States, an arm of the National Governor's Association.

And Lockheed lobbyist Richard K. Cook (not to be confused with Martin Marietta rocketeer Richard Cook), whose post-merger plans for the future made the news this week, sent out his own press release on his own desktop letterhead -- albeit using a K Street Lockheed address.

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