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Wash Joins GPO

The Government Printing Office recently brought Mike Wash aboard as chief technical officer and co-director of the office of innovation and new technology.

Wash, 50, holds 18 patents, one of which won him the title of National Inventor of the Year in 1996, and has spent better than half of his life in the technology industry. Wash is leading the GPO’s transformation into a digital information processing facility.

Public Printer Bruce James said “Mike will be the architect of the agency’s new information system” and will “build an applied research and development team at GPO.”

Wash worked for 26 years at one of the premier companies in the world of photographic and digital imaging, Eastman Kodak. In 2003, he left to join Gerber Scientific Products as their executive director of product management and marketing.

The Cincinnati native graduated from Purdue University in 1977 with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering.

Ney Adds One, Promotes Two. Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) made a number of changes in his staff before the summer recess.

Jason Spence, 27, has been hired as Ney’s new legislative counsel/assistant. He will be responsible for briefing the Congressman on issues related to the Financial Services Committee.

A native of Lynchburg, Va., Spence received a bachelor’s degree in 1999 from nearby University of Virginia, and graduated from the Tulane University School of Law in 2002.

Prior to joining Ney’s staff, Spence practiced law for Chaffe, McCall, Phillips, Toler & Sarpy in New Orleans. He then moved to Washington and volunteered for the Financial Services Committee.

Chris Otillio has been promoted to legislative director and will focus on a variety of issues, including foreign affairs, tax, telecom issues and judiciary.

Having previously served as Ney’s legislative counsel, Otillio replaces Greg Mesack, who is leaving the office to work for America’s Community Bankers.

A native of Mandesville, La., Otillio received a bachelor’s in international business from Auburn University in 1999 and a law degree from Louisiana State University in 2002.

Brian Peterson, 24, will now serve as legislative assistant to Ney, having previously worked as a staff assistant in the office.

Originally from Palatine, Ill., Peterson attended the College of William and Mary and received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 2002. He will cover issues related to health, defense, budget and social security.

Radanovich Hires Two. Hollyn Kidd Schuemann and Connie Drath Dwyer have been brought into Rep. George Radanovich’s (R-Calif.) office.

Schuemann joins the office as legislative assistant to the Congressman. She will handle telecommunications, energy, environment, CTCP and foreign relations issues.

Prior to joining the Radanovich team, Schuemann worked for Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) from January 2000 to January 2001, and then worked as legislative clerk on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Schuemann hails from Morgan City, La., and graduated from Louisiana State University in 1999.

Dwyer steps in as executive assistant to Radanovich. She previously served as legislative assistant to former Rep. Margaret Heckler (R-Mass.).

Dwyer, who comes to Washington via Lincoln, Neb., attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a bachelor’s in political science. She received her law degree from the Southwestern University School of Law.