Chief Technology Officer Tom Evslin to retire from state government

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas announced today that Chief Technology Officer Tom Evslin will retire from state government on September 15. Evslin, 67, was recruited from retirement by Governor Douglas in March of 2009 to be Chief Recovery Officer to oversee Vermont’s use of stimulus funds and applications for competitive stimulus grants. When the temporary Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery finished its job, Evslin was named Chief Technology Officer for the State and has been the Administration’s lead on Challenges for Change.“I want to thank Tom for his work on behalf of Vermonters,” said Governor Douglas.  “Tom’s extraordinary talents were critical as we deployed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money quickly and transparently.  His leadership and broad understanding of the telecommunications world were vital to Vermont’s success in obtaining over $250 million in combined stimulus grants for smart grid and broadband expansion – ensuring the funding is in place to follow through on my eState goals of border-to-border high-speed internet access and cell phone coverage.”Vermont has been recognized as among the best states in deploying federal stimulus and the $250 million in broadband and the smart grid grant awards places Vermont at the top in per-capita funding in these areas. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had to work for Vermont as part of the Douglas Administration during these difficult times,” said Evslin.  “I’m particularly proud of the tremendous creative effort that state employees at all levels made to respond to Challenges for Change and find ways to serve Vermonters more effectively with less money.”As the point person for Challenges for Change, Evslin has been coordinating the various efforts to save taxpayer money through increased government efficiency and outcome-based budgeting.  Governor Douglas noted that “Tom’s ability to think outside-the-box and envision creative solutions to any problem has made him the ideal fit as state government has had to adjust its approach during the Great Recession.”Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville also praised Evslin for his service to Vermonters.  “Tom has been an integral part of the Governor’s team as we juggled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Challenges for Challenges and the enduring impact of the economic downturn on state budgets and the lives of Vermonters.  Tom’s work has helped to position Vermont well to rebound from the recession.”Before his first retirement, Tom Evslin and his wife, Mary, founded several successful technology companies and he was one of the pioneers of VoIP technology. Evslin also wrote a novel and a popular blog and he is an inventor on eight granted US patents. In the early 1980s, he served as Vermont’s Secretary of Transportation under Governor Richard Snelling.  The Evslins live in Stowe. At his request, Evslin worked for minimum wage, which he then returns to the State.Source: Governor’s office. 8.31.2010###last_img read more

ABS-CBN unlikely to secure new franchise even after Duterte’s term

first_imgThe move will ensure that the network will remain off air since the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) ordered it to “cease and desist” its free TV and radio channels on May 5. According to Marcoleta, the frequency previously assigned to ABS-CBN might no longer be available come 2022 as the government will likely give it to a “more deserving” applicant. “You’re assuming that the franchise will be up to 2022. Paano kung mayroon nang binigyan ang gobyerno? Kanino pa ibibigay ‘yun? Anong franchise pa ang ibibigay mo sa kanya?” said the SAGIP partylist representative. Based on its guidelines, the NTC does not bid out frequencies for digital terrestrial television broadcast service but assigned it out based on availability. It is being based on the legal, technical and financial capacity and feasibility of the franchise owner./PN In a report by Politiko website over the weekend, it said that the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) and the Manila Broadcasting Corp. have the best odds of landing the frequency of ABS-CBN.center_img MANILA – ABS-CBN Corp. is unlikely to secure a fresh 25-year legislative franchise even after the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Rodante Marcoleta said. Voting 70-11 with two inhibitions and an abstention, a joint panel at the House of Representatives rejected a bill seeking the renewal of the network’s congressional franchise, which expired on May 4. “I cannot speculate. It’s up to them [ABS-CBN] what’s their next move. As for them filing another bill, there’s no way. Why would you process the application from the same organization when it was rejected already?” Marcoleta added.last_img read more

Flawed teams alive for BCS

first_imgMike is an undecidedsophomore. If you think that one loss is a realistic goal for next year’s team,that somebody will go undefeated next year or have already turned yourattention to the basketball team and didn’t even read most of the column, hecan be reached at If you did not see it coming before, this weekend made whathas seemed inevitable for a couple weeks clear: an undefeated team will not beplaying for college football’s national championship.When the mainland United States’ only unbeaten, Kansas, loston Saturday night, and LSU — a team with one loss but also holding a stackedBCS deck– losing Friday, that realization gave way to a collective cringe thatwas felt in the stomach of fans across the country, Madison included.As it turns out, had the Badgers lost one game instead ofthree (not an unattainable feat), they could have been in contention for a spotin this season’s BCS National Championship Game.If Wisconsin had gotten by any two of the three teams theylost to, Illinois, Penn State or Ohio State, UW would be doing BCS math rightnow, trying to figure out where it stood in the championship picture instead ofmaking reservations to play in a second-tier bowl game.With no undefeated team playing for the nationalchampionship this season, the hopes dashed across the country aftertough-to-swallow early losses now seem to have been lost preemptively.They certainly were here. With pressure and expectationsrising — albeit cautiously after some close calls — then-No. 5 Wisconsin lost,but was not upset by unranked Illinois (the team that would also end OhioState’s perfect season).At that point it appeared that all hope for a championshipcrown had been lost. A shot at the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance —still nothing to sneer at — seemed to be the highest achievable remaining outcome.Remember, at the time, the nation still included 10undefeated teams among the Top 25, and a single loss felt more like a crushingblow than the speed bump it would eventually turn out to be.So, woefully, Wisconsin went and got crushed at Penn Statefor its second loss, came home to pick itself up against Northern Illinois andIndiana, then went and blew a lead at Ohio State — then the country’stop-ranked team — en route to finishing with three regular season losses.Beating Michigan in the penultimate game of the regularseason helped make the year bearable. But couple the Wolverines’ decision tosit quarterback Chad Henne for most of the game and running back Mike Hart forall of it with what happened this weekend in the championship picture, and it’stough not to think about what could’ve been this season.Just like almost every other team in the country right now,this season for Wisconsin has become a collection of not just memories andstatistics, but more disappointingly “what-ifs.”What if Lance Smith hadn’t missed all the team’s road games— and all the losses — because of his unconventional suspension?What if top wide receiver Luke Swan hadn’t been hurt againstIllinois?What if Allan Evridge had beaten out Tyler Donovan for thestarting quarterback job in the preseason?What if the defense had been more prepared to face a spreadoffense?The list goes on, but in the end it doesn’t matter what theanswers to these questions are or were. Nothing will change, and the Badgerswill likely take their three losses to the Outback or Alamo Bowl to give fans alast glimpse for the season against another team disappointed with where it isplaying.For 60 more minutes the Badgers will play football, and forthe next nine months fans will alternate between bemoaning the failures of thisseason, giving credit to the high points and speculating on what next seasonwill hold.Next year, barring any major changes, Wisconsin will boast aloaded backfield and a defense that will, at the very least, be an experiencedgroup.With a little luck, tight end Travis Beckum will return andbolster a young receiving corps led by Kyle Jefferson, who showed a lot ofpromise when thrown into the mix this season. The defense may even figure outhow to stop the big plays.How the roster shapes up next season and what promise the2008 season may hold is a different discussion for a different day, though.What’s going to be important to remember now, and what thisseason and this past weekend have shown, is that when UW loses for the firsttime next season it won’t be the end of the world, but rather, just a speedbump.last_img read more