Volume 5 No. 6
July 6, 1978
Golden Carriage Olympia
We are pleased to introduce Mr. Frank Maresca, Assistant Secretary for Management Services for the Washington Department of Transportation as our speaker for the June Association of Data Processing Managers meeting.
Frank obtained his Bachelor's degree from Columbia University and continued his Graduate Study at Rutgers School of Law, Fairleigh Dickinson University. Frank spent 9 years working with the System Development Corporation as Department Manager, two years with Worldwide Information Systems Inc. as Vice President and Comptroller, and two years with the Washington Department of Social and Health Services as assistant Secretary for Management Services. In 1973, Frank moved to the Washington Department of Highways as Assistant Director for Management Services.
His military service was with the U.S. Air Force as a pilot and project officer for electronic and avionic systems.
Who's Who in DPA
Justice Robert F. Brachtenbach
Appointed in November, 1972, to the Washington State Supreme Court by Governor Daniel J. Evans on recommendation of the Washington State Bar Association, Justice Robert F. Brachtenbach brought to the bench a variety of legal, legislative and public service experience.
Born in Sidney, Neb., January 28, 1931, he moved to Yakima with his family and was graduated from Yakima High School in 1948. He continued his education at Yakima Valley College, graduating in 1950, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington in 1953 and added his law degree there the following year.
The jurist served as legal instructor at the University of California in Berkeley for a year, then entered private law practice in Selah in 1955.
During his 17 years as a practicing attorney in Yakima County, he was active on various bar association committees and chaired the Legal Education Committee of the Washington State Bar Association. He has written for the law reviews of both the University of Washington and Gonzaga University Law School.
Elected to the House of Representatives in 1962, he served two terms in the Legislature, during which he was on the Legislative Council and its Judiciary Sub-Committee, and also on the Judicial Council.
In addition, he was a member of the Selah School Board for 12 years served two years on the Eastern Washington State College Board of Trustees, was a member of the Special Levy Study Commission and the Joint Board of Legislative Ethics, was chairman of the Governor's Conference on Education and headed the Yakima Valley UGN. He served on the Washington State Bar Association' - s editorial task force developing a new legal textbook on community property.
Justice Brachtenbach was elected in 1973 to fulfill the unexpired term of Justice Marshall A. Neill, whose position he had filled by appointment. He was elected to a full six year term in 1976.
Justice Brachtenbach was appointed to the Data Processing Authority Board by Governor Ray in September, 1977. He finds the DPA interesting and is somewhat concerned that the DPA does not yet have a clear picture of what the legislature meant for the DPA to do. Expansion of data processing, lack of control on costs and systems are some of the issues which must be addressed. The DPA must be more than a body for approving acquisitions.
With the Administrator for the Courts developing major systems for trial courts, appellate courts and the juvenile system, Justice Brachtenbach has been chairman of the Judicial Information System Committee for the past four (4) years. The committee's purpose is to develop a system from a total user standpoint. Each local design committee is only 1/3 data processing personnel with two (2) members being a judge and a county clerk. Also included on the JIS Committee are lawyers, prosecutors, clerks, administrators and a public member.
A committee research system for searching data in all cases for all states from 1961 was developed by West Publishing Company and will be in use by the courts by July 1, 1978. Washington State has 290 volumes of Supreme Court cases dating back to 1853. A limited number of cases are available through the Legislative Information System (LIS). While LIS maintains all statutes and attorney general rulings, the area of court cases needed improvement. The commercial system may meet that requirement.
Justice Brachtenbach's hobbies are photography and boating. His boating interests are primarily cruising in his pleasure craft in the San Juans and British Columbia.
Don Michael Tierney received his BA from Washington State University, and a Masters from San Diego State University in mathematics. He has taught high school mathematics in Bellevue and Spokane, Washington. He was employed by Boeing, first as an Operations Research Manager, and later as Manager of orporate Headquarters Computer Systems Development organization. He is currently the Administrator of the Legislative, Evaluation and Accountability Program (LEAP) Committee. LEAP's purpose is to provide computing and general consulting support to the legislature. LEAP has developed applications in:
Mr. Tierney resides in Olympia with his wife and four children.
Our profile of the month is Gene Barnard, Director of Washington Data Processing Service Center (Service Center 1).
Gene graduated Valedictorian from the University of Southern California's school of commerce obtaining his baccalaureate in Business Administration in 1957. Following graduation, Gene began working in Tacoma for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph -- now PNB -- as their assistant traffic manager. He moved on to Allstate Insurance as an internal auditor; the entire west coast was his domain. Gene enjoyed auditing but the continuous travel forced him to leave. Continuing in the internal auditing role, Gene worked for Safeco covering all of the United States and Canada -travel? Yes! Further but very infrequent.
When did Gene enter the Data Processing field? In 1963, he wrote a "critical" report following an audit of the Data Processing section; that report landed him the job of Director of Data Processing for Safeco. This first Data Processing position was to be the first of a series of many "recovery/fire fighting" jobs. Gene moved to Security Title Insurance in Los Angeles (a Safeco Subsidiary) as vice president in 1966.
In 1967 Gene left Safeco for the vice presidency of Data Systems for Home Savings and Loan in Los Angeles. By 1969, Gene was tired of L.A. and came to Washington State on July 21 as a Data Processing Coordinator for the Office of Program Planning & Fiscal Management which is now OFM. In 1971, Gene became chief of MIS for the Department of Highways (now Transportation) and in 1973 moved into his present position. Gene feels pleased with his organization and proud of their accomplishments. During the next few years, Gene intends to create and maintain a state-of-the-art environment which is truly responsive to the needs of their users. He wants to enable them to meet the needs of their agencies.
Where will Gene be 5-10 years from now. Managing a Service Center and probably will continue until retirement! Gene feels Data Processing is still not a completely mature business; and opportunities will be at least as great as the past.
When asked what our state needs to be doing, Gene replied, "our state needs to develop a philosophy and understanding of Distributed Data Processing (DDP). Coupled with that is a growing need to understand and make use of networking and telecommunications. Finally, the computer represents the most powerful tool available for improving the productivity of state government and reducing the cost of delivering services. We must find better ways of exploiting that potential."
Gene is the proud husband of wife Beverly, a teacher at Timberline High School in the area of business. His son Ed (20) is a computer science major at the University of Washington, and daughter Vicki (18) a senior at Timberline High. Another daughter, Nicole (18) an exchange student from Switzerland is a senior at North Thurston High. Beverly is also senior class advisor and a strong advocate for including some data processing in the curriculum for business students.
Gene is an avid mountain climber and backpacker. lie enjoys water skiing and fishing in his 191 runabout, and relaxes with a good book--mostly fiction for light reading.
Profile of a Chairman
Paul Newman, Assistant Chief of the office of Information Systems for the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is our newly elected Chairman of the Association of Data Processing Managers.
Paul was born and raised in Washington D.C., attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio receiving his BS in Industrial Engineering in 1956. Antioch is a forerunner in the area of coop education. The program is designed with students attending class and working on alternate quarters. Paul worked in various locations including Buffalo, Detroit and Washington D. C.
Following graduation, Paul went to work for the American Institutes for Research (AIR) doing human factors engineering under contract to the United States Air Force. He designed equipment and training procedures from a people standpoint. The field evolved from the need to protect WW-II pilots from crashes during stressful situations. People are creatures of habit; it is critical that switches and buttons be located and operate in a human expected way to insure proper response under stress.
Paul left AIR in 1960 and following a one-year stint with Boeing, went to work for System Development Corporation. He capitalized on his systems experience at AIR and used it to determine requirements for data processing and later to design applications. Following 12 years with SDC, Paul came to Washington State Government as the Systems Design Manager at DSHS, responsible for major applications system design. His staff consisted of eight system design specialists (SDS), analysts and programmers. Two years later, October 1975, Paul was promoted to his current position to share with Park Chambliss, chief of OIS, the responsibility of the data processing operation. OIS is divided into four sections; (1) Applications/systems Programming, (2) operations, (3) Systems Design, and (4) Data Entry. data entry operations utilizes two (2) four phase mini's with 32 terminals.
When asked of his short-range goals, Paul responded with his desire to do a good job as chairman of the Association of Data Processing Managers. His areas of commitment? Paul feels the association has the biggest influence with Dept. of Personnel in the merit system areas. These same areas, Paul feels, are the areas requiring the biggest change. The examination, classification and referral processes all need work, as well as data processing personnel salaries.
Long-range goals? To get his boys through college and accumulate a is nest egg" to permit early retirement. Paul would like very much to avoid the 8-5 work syndrome and operate on a "work when the mood strikes me" mode. He claims a title of "wood butcher" because of his interests in building furniture, picture frames, and performing household repairs.
Paul's family includes wife Joyce, two teenage sons, Kurt and Scott, and a 7 year old daughter, Amy. Joyce is an RN currently doing volunteer work with kidney machine patients. She enjoys refinishing furniture and caning chairs. Kurt just completed his freshman year at the University of Washington; Scott will be a senior at Clover Park High School; and Amy is a pleasure to her parents. Paul and Joyce are both active in the Democratic Party in Pierce County; Paul is a delegate to this years state democratic convention; and Joyce is a committeeman for their precinct.
AN ISSUE: Paul still feels the Association of Data Processing Managers would be a stronger organization if it represented data processing managers and not agencies. As a professional organization each person would have incentive to be an active participant because his vote counts. Paul admits he had reservations in accepting the chairman nomination in light of the voting members approval of the associates by-laws. However, he feels that he can work within that concept and plans to do his best to make the association a viable force for data processing concerns, NOTE: Paul confessed an urge to write in lieu of an 8-5 job. I was encouraged: recognizing the likelihood of a continuing chairman's corner each month for our newsletter giving us insight to the motivation of our chairman. However, Paul attempted to coerce me into accepting the profile as his chairman's contribution - I rejected his offer.
As we begin this year, I believe there are many areas in which the Association can have an impact. Whether we make that impact or not depends in a large part on individual participation. Your new officers will do their share, I'm sure. The rest is up to you.
As a beginning, we need volunteers. It is our plan to expand the Personnel Liaison Committee to have six representatives; two from large agencies, two from small agencies and two from service centers. If you're interested in working in this arena, please let me know.
A second pressing need concerns the Association newsletter. Patti has done yeoman service for the past year and has agreed to stay on until a new editor can be found. If you have a desire to edit the Association newsletter, call.
The last call for volunteers I'll make at this time is for persons who will write articles for the newsletter. Anyone who wishes to present his views should send draft articles to Patti.
Come on now, join with your officers to make the Association what we know it can be. Get off your duff and volunteer. You can make a difference.
Special Thank You
The success of the ADPM Newsletter this past year has been due to the cooperation and assistance of you, our members. I would like to offer special thanks to Twila Perry, assistant editor, for her special talents in writing the majority of the profiles; to Jo Van Sycke, Dept. of Ecology, for the numerous and delightful sketches of our profile candidates, to Bill Carr, Dept. of Transportation, for his conscientious editing of each issue and his more recent contribution of assisting me in writing profile articles; to Mike Pennachi, Dept. of Licensing, for his faithfulness and excellent content in the management model articles; to Pat Mailey, OFM, for his assistance and numerous articles; to Dick Nelson, utilities and Transportation, for his suggestions and for religiously providing a timely speaker introduction article each to the clerical staff at DOT, Ecology, and Service Center #1 for' accurate and speedy typing of the newsletter; to Don Brown, Dept. of Transportation, for his patience during my editor functions, to Lee Eason, Dept. of Transportation, for his time and energy to train me to be aware of potential newsletter articles; to the DPA for their overall support; to Jim Anderson, Dept. of Ecology, for his continual guidance and encouragement; and to each and every person who submitted articles to the newsletter.
June 14, 1978
Department of Transportation
Mail Stop KF-01
Re: Request for Assistance,
During July, the Department of Personnel's Data Processing Personnel Development (DPPD) Program (formerly known as DP Training) will be surveying the DP Community about major program issues and training needs.
To determine a general opinion about major program issues, DPPD is circulating a Planning Questionnaire to DP Managers and 25% of DP Staff, randomly selected and stratified by agency. To determine training needs for FY 79, DPPD will circulate through DP Managers a Training Needs Survey, including a list of proposed courses with brief descriptions.
The cooperation of the DP Managers is critical to the success of both surveys. With your help as respondents and as channels for contacting DP Agency staff, DPPD should receive enough information by July 30 to be able to continue a responsive and quality training program in the coming year.
Very truly yours,
MARY JO LAVIN, Program Manager
Data Processing Personnel Development
After I do the judge I'm bowing out of reproducing these little guys. I did them as a favor to Jim - and enjoyed it for awhile. However, they are BLOODY with work - and since I can't do them at my desk here, then I have to trot them home and destroy a weekend.
There are lots of professionals with the state who can help you, I'm sure, if they will. And a student artist, for a small fee, would be happy to draw for you.
You have a fine newsletter - and I was pleased to be able to contribute my little share to it.
Best of luck.
Association Minutes - June 1, 1978
The meeting was called to order at 12:25 p.m. by chairman Jim Andersen. There were 35 members and guests present.
Bobbi Giovannini introduced the guest speaker, Honorable John A. Bagnariol, Speaker of the House of Representatives. Representative Bagnariol provided some background on why the LEAP system was developed. It was to provide tools to enable the legislators to better understand the budget. He then reviewed with us some of the problems which we will be facing the next session of the legislature. These include funding education and the impact of the sales tax repeal. It is expected that there will be a short fall in revenue of $300 million to meet the current level of activities for next biennium.
Jim Andersen then opened the business portion of the meeting. Bobbi Giovannini gave the Treasurer's report. The May balance was $551.77; $25 was spent for the luncheon speaker for the Spring Seminar; $18 was spent for guest speaker lunches for the Spring Seminar; $60 was received for 3 agency dues and $3.56 was spent for the June speaker's lunch. This leaves a balance of $565.21.
Terry Wold gave the DPA announcements. He stated that the DPA meeting would be held on June 7, 1978 and that there were many issues which would be addressed at that meeting.
Patti Palmer requested additional articles for the Newsletter. Dick Applestone reported for the Job Matrix Committee. He reported that Sam Mayo had volunteered to write some test questions for the oral interviews. However, he needs the parameters for these questions from Garry Hull. Garry was also unable to tabulate the questionnaires on allocation. He will be developing a numerical value for each question and distributing that questionnaire again.
Cliff Cotey reported for the Personnel Liaison Committee. The committee has been very successful in working with the Department of Personnel on the salary survey. The benchmark has been established. The committee will now work with DOP on the indexing. This relates the various classifications to the benchmarks. Garry Hull has proposed to upgrade the dollar values related to the MIS series. He suggested using the Consumer Price Index (CPI) on an on-going basis for continuing updating of these values. There was a good deal of discussion. Concern was expressed for the use of the CPI and of only using a dollar value to determine the classification level. The Association decided to recommend against the proposed change and for the early implementation of the Job Matrix.
Mary Jo Lavin reported for the Training Program Committee. The next meeting of the Advisory Committee will be July 6, 1978. Meanwhile, these will be two surveys going out in June. The first is a general survey covering all the activities of the Interagency Training Division. The second survey is to specifically look at the data processing training needs.
Galen Schmidtke reported that the Centralization/Decentralization Committee had reached a milestone at their last meeting with approval of suggested guidelines. They still need to develop the policy and standard but they are making good headway.
Jim Andersen reported on the Spring Seminar. There were 75 people present to hear the presentation on Communications. Dick Nelson had done an excellent job on the program. It was very interesting to hear how private industry is handling communications. The seminar, in addition to the luncheon speaker and guest lunches cost the Association $44.00 for coffee and $108.00 for people who did not honor their reservations. The consensus of the Executive Committee was to ask those people who did not eat to pay for their meals. Such a letter will go out. next week.
Jim Andersen next moved on to new business. Bobbi Giovannini gave the results of the election for the nominating committee. New officers for Fiscal Year 1979 are:
Jim Andersen then presented plaques for the outgoing officers; Sec./Treas. - Bobbi Giovannini, Prog. Chair. - Dick Nelson/Pat Mailey and Exec. Committee - Don Brown. Jim then thanked all his committee chairman and the Association for their support. Paul Newman then presented Jim Andersen his Plaque.
The meeting was adjourned.