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June 12, 1999, 8 a.m.

Con­sult­ing Game

The Wash­ing­ton lob­by­ing boutique of Tim­mons & Co. Inc. has ad­ded some Re­pub­lic­an lob­by­ing tal­ent to the firm’s high- powered lineup. Douglas F. Ben­nett, 46, a former House Com­merce Com­mit­tee seni­or coun­sel, star­ted on June 7 as a vice pres­id­ent. He most re­cently served as a vice pres­id­ent with the Wash­ing­ton lob­by­ing firm Pub­lic Strategies Wash­ing­ton Inc., where he rep­res­en­ted such cli­ents as Chiquita Brands In­ter­na­tion­al Inc., Honda Mo­tor Co., and South­w­est Air­lines Co. Tim­mons, which ranked 12th among Wash­ing­ton lob­by­ing shops and billed more than $ 6 mil­lion in 1998, has only eight staff lob­by­ists, so all hires are vet­ted with ex­treme care, said com­pany VP El­len B. Fitz­gib­bons. It doesn’t hurt, however, when the com­pany pres­id­ent is a fam­ily friend, Ben­nett ac­know­ledged. Tom C. Koro­lo­gos, Tim­mons’ top dog, was an ad­min­is­trat­ive as­sist­ant to Ben­nett’s grand­fath­er, former Re­pub­lic­an Sen. Wal­lace F. Ben­nett of Utah, in the 1960s. Each Tim­mons lob­by­ist works for every Tim­mons cli­ent, and the firm’s cli­ent list in­cludes An­heuser-Busch Inc., the Na­tion­al Rifle As­so­ci­ation, and the Com­mis­sion­er of Ma­jor League Base­ball. Ben­nett worked for House Com­merce Com­mit­tee Chair­man Tom Bli­ley, R-Va., from 1991-94, hand­ling such is­sues as in­ter­state and for­eign com­merce, product li­ab­il­ity, trade, for­eign in­vest­ment, in­sur­ance, and auto­mobile safety. Ben­nett also rep­res­en­ted the GOP in de­bates over im­ple­ment­a­tion of the North Amer­ic­an Free Trade Agree­ment. He left the com­mit­tee in 1995 to join Pub­lic Strategies Wash­ing­ton. Ben­nett has taught two courses—one on lob­by­ing and one on the role of con­gres­sion­al staff—for the Wash­ing­ton Cam­pus, a pro­gram on gov­ern­ment run by sev­er­al ma­jor uni­versit­ies.

Dav­id S. Os­ter­hout, Lock­heed Mar­tin Corp.’s long­time VP for Wash­ing­ton op­er­a­tions, is leav­ing the de­fense con­tract­or’s Ar­ling­ton, Va., of­fice at the end of the year. Os­ter­hout, 59, was trav­el­ing and could not be reached for com­ment, but three sources con­firmed his de­par­ture. Dur­ing his 11-year stay at Beth­esda, Md.-based Lock­heed, Os­ter­hout headed the com­pany’s lob­by­ing op­er­a­tion. A likely re­place­ment, ac­cord­ing to one source, is Bri­an Dailey, who’s now the chief op­er­at­ing of­ficer of Lock­heed Mar­tin’s tele­com­mu­nic­a­tions di­vi­sion. Me­dia People

Long­time Wash­ing­ton scribe Owen Ull­mann is leav­ing Busi­ness Week’s Wash­ing­ton bur­eau to cov­er polit­ics and the eco­nomy for USA Today as a seni­or writer on the na­tion­al desk. For the past six years, Ull­mann, 51, has covered eco­nom­ic policy, the Fed­er­al Re­serve Board, eco­nom­ic trends, and fisc­al and eco­nom­ic policy for Busi­ness Week, first as a news ed­it­or and later as a seni­or writer. The move comes six months after Ull­man be­came a Busi­ness Week seni­or writer in the wake of a power struggle with Bur­eau Chief Lee Wal­czak. Ull­mann, however, said he is join­ing USA Today be­cause the job of­fers an op­por­tun­ity to reach more read­ers. Busi­ness Week is still con­sidered a spe­cialty pub­lic­a­tion, and ”doesn’t have the breadth of audi­ence that USA Today has,” he said. Ull­man is a former re­port­er in Knight Rid­der’s Wash­ing­ton bur­eau, where he covered beats ran­ging from the White House to for­eign policy. At USA Today, Ull­mann said, he’ll be writ­ing about ”the in­ter­sec­tion of eco­nom­ic policy and polit­ics,” which may in­clude the fed­er­al budget, taxes, trade, and So­cial Se­cur­ity.

Vet­er­an Wash­ing­ton Post Loc­al Busi­ness Ed­it­or Jodi Schneider is the most re­cent ad­di­tion at U.S. News & World Re­port. Later this month, Schneider, 38, will be­come an as­sist­ant man­aging ed­it­or at the new­s­weekly, where she’ll take charge of the magazine’s trade­mark News You Can Use sec­tion. At The Post, where Schneider worked for four and a half years, she handled cov­er­age of the re­tail in­dustry, tour­ism, health care, com­mer­cial real es­tate, and loc­al in­vest­ing. Be­fore join­ing The Post, she was deputy man­aging ed­it­or of The Or­lando Sen­tinel. The News You Can Use job is a ”per­fect fit” for her, Schneider said, giv­en her in­terest in con­sumer is­sues. She isn’t plan­ning any ma­jor con­tent changes, but said she hopes to beef up the sec­tion and bet­ter in­teg­rate it with the magazine’s Web site. News You Can Use ”should be like a wise old friend who’s done some re­search and can provide some good ad­vice,” she said. Around the Agen­cies

Thomas R. Bloom, the Lone Ranger of ac­count­ants, is rid­ing in­to the Pentagon to take on his toughest chal­lenge yet: He’ll tackle the De­fense De­part­ment’s no­tori­ously messy ledgers as dir­ect­or of the De­fense Fin­ance and Ac­count­ing Ser­vice. The 45-year-old Bloom is a troubleshoot­er who’s spent his ca­reer tam­ing the books at one fisc­ally un­settled agency after an­oth­er, start­ing with an as­sign­ment as top aud­it­or for the Fed­er­al Home Loan Bank Sys­tem un­der Pres­id­ent Re­agan. Un­der Pres­id­ent Clin­ton, he was chief fin­an­cial of­ficer at the Com­merce De­part­ment, then in­spect­or gen­er­al at the Edu­ca­tion De­part­ment, and most re­cently, chief fin­an­cial of­ficer at the Gen­er­al Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion. At the GSA, Bloom’s deputy, 30-year agency vet­er­an Wil­li­am B. Early Jr., 55, will suc­ceed him.

The Na­tion­al Labor Re­la­tions Board has a new cop on the beat. Earli­er this month, Jane E. Al­ten­hofen, 46, was hired as the NLRB’s in­spect­or gen­er­al; her du­ties in­clude con­duct­ing its audits and in­vest­ig­a­tions. Al­ten­hofen spent the past 10 years as in­spect­or gen­er­al at the U.S. In­ter­na­tion­al Trade Com­mis­sion, where her most re­cent task was a crack­down on com­mis­sion em­ploy­ees who fals­i­fied car pool ap­plic­a­tions to get re­duced park­ing rates. She’s ex­cited about her new job at the NLRB, but points out that an in­spect­or gen­er­al’s lot is some­times not a happy one: ”You’re al­ways do­ing something that makes people un­com­fort­able—wheth­er it’s an audit or an in­vest­ig­a­tion,” she said. Im­age Makers

Ketch­um, the New York City-based pub­lic re­la­tions firm, has hired Eliza­beth McLean, 44, as its seni­or vice pres­id­ent in charge of the firm’s cor­por­ate and tech­no­logy groups. McLean joins Ketch­um from First Mary­land Ban­corp in Bal­timore, where she was a seni­or vice pres­id­ent for cor­por­ate com­mu­nic­a­tions. McLean is no stranger to Ketch­um: She had a three-month free-lance con­sult­ing gig there in 1998. Also at Ketch­um, as­so­ci­ate Wash­ing­ton Dir­ect­or Mark Schan­non, 51, re­cently moved up to the top spot after Dir­ect­or Lor­raine Theli­an was pro­moted to seni­or part­ner for North Amer­ic­an op­er­a­tions. Dur­ing his eight years at Ketch­um, Schan­non has handled crisis man­age­ment PR for sev­er­al com­pan­ies, in­clud­ing the Mid­land, Mich.-based Dow Chem­ic­al Co., which found it­self in the spot­light after its sil­ic­one breast im­plants were al­leged to have caused health prob­lems. Hill Dwell­ers

Former GOP lead­er­ship aide Greg Sed­berry is now a Web en­tre­pren­eur. Sed­berry, 25, who left the House Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence when Rep. John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, lost the chair­man­ship in Janu­ary, has just launched his own com­pany, Wedge In­ter­net. The fledgling com­pany fills a uniquely in­side-the- Belt­way niche: Web de­vel­op­ment and main­ten­ance for mem­bers of Con­gress, con­gres­sion­al com­mit­tees, and trade groups. As the Re­pub­lic­an Con­fer­ence’s in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy dir­ect­or, Sed­berry spent a year do­ing Web design and sys­tem sup­port, and helped cre­ate Hill­Source, the Con­fer­ence’s Web page. Sed­berry first dis­covered the com­mu­nic­a­tions value of the In­ter­net dur­ing a year­long stint as a state af­fairs co­ordin­at­or for the Chem­ic­al Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­ation. After he left Cap­it­ol Hill, Sed­berry said, his thirst for polit­ics re­mained—so he tapped in­to his tech­no­logy ex­per­i­ence and Hill con­tacts, and staked a claim in cy­ber­space.

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