Beth Schmid Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1760) RELEASE: 97-243

October 22, 1997

HOLCOMB NAMED NASA CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER Lee B. Holcomb has been named Chief Information Officer (CIO) at NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC, effective immediately. Holcomb will succeed Ronald S. West, who retired earlier this year. The CIO reports directly to the NASA Administrator and is responsible as an integrated Agency focus for the development of information resource management strategies, policies, and practices. These encompass strategic planning; standards in computing, networking, and security; establishment of system and information architectures; and incorporation of life-cycle management concepts into information technology acquisitions and management. In addition, the CIO serves as the NASA-designated senior official for information resource management. Holcomb also will continue to represent NASA on the Committee on Computers, Information and Communications of the National Science & Technology Council. For the past six months, Holcomb has served as Director for Information Technology Strategy, responsible for the oversight and direction of information technology programs in support of the advancement of NASA's aeronautics and space transportation enterprise and the enhancement of the United States' aerospace industrial base. He also served as the Chief Information Officer for Aeronautics. From 1995 to 1997, Holcomb was the Director of the Aviation Systems Technology Division; from 1991-1995, Director of the High Performance Computing & Communications Office; and from 1984 to 1991, Director of the Information Sciences and Human Factors Division, all in the Headquarters Office of Aeronautics. Holcomb began his career in Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters in 1975. Significant programmatic accomplishments for which he has been directly involved include the development and operation of the world's first massively parallel processing computer; the development of a real-time synthetic aperture radar processor for

the Magellan spacecraft; the development and application of information technology tools for support of the operational commanding of planetary spacecraft (Voyager), the Space Shuttle, and air traffic control systems; and Internet-based sites for access to aeronautics and space data and K-12 education products. Prior to joining NASA, Holcomb served as a senior engineer with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, where he was responsible for directing Voyager spacecraft hardware development and numerous systems analysis tasks. Holcomb holds a B.S. from the University of California at Los Angeles and an M.S. from the California Institute of Technology. Holcomb is married to Jacqueline Maeder. They have one daughter and reside in Fairfax Station, VA. -end-