John E. Pernice, 70, a government attorney and administrator for more than 30 years who retired as a civilian plans and management official with the Defense Logistics Agency, died Thursday at Walter Reed Army Hospital. He had cancer.

Mr. Pernice began his government career with the Office of the Army's Chief Signal Officer, where he was an attorney and then principal civilian assistant from 1946 to 1962.

For the next four years, he was procurement chief of the Federal Aviation Agency. He worked for the Defense Logistics Agency from 1966 until retiring in 1974.

Mr. Pernice was a native of New York City and was a 1940 graduate of Fordham University's law school. He served with the Army during World War II.

He was a member of the New York, Virginia, and District bar associations and was a past-president of the Pentagon chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He also was a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Pernice was a resident of Springfield, where he was active in the volunteer fire department, PTA groups, and the Springfield Swimming and Racquet Club.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia W., of Springfield; two daughters, Janet L. Pernice of Washngton, and Patricia P. McSwain of Arlington; one sister, three brothers, and one grandchild.