Forman adds expertise to tech staff

IT executives will help OMB define architecture for 23 approved e-government projects

HUD's deputy CIO, Debra Stouffer, has been detailed to OMB for three months to help the agency develop a governmentwide architecture for various e-government initiatives.

Mark Forman has begun building an e-government team of full- and part-time players.

The Office of Management and Budget's associate director for e-government and IT this month brought Norman Lorentz on board as chief technology officer.

He also tapped Debra Stouffer, deputy CIO for IT reform at the Housing and Urban Development Department, to spend 90 days working on the governmentwide architecture section for OMB's 23 approved e-gov projects.

'Mark always has played with the idea of adding more staff as the need arose,' OMB spokeswoman Jennifer Wood said.

Define architecture

Lorentz will lead several technology teams as they work to define and implement an e-gov architecture, Wood said.

Before coming to OMB, Lorentz was a senior vice president and CTO at Dice Inc., a high-tech recruiter in New York. He also spent time as a senior vice president and CTO for the Postal Service and worked for 18 years at US West, which has since been bought by Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver.

Lorentz has a master's degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor's from Regis University.

Stouffer will take over her temporary post this week. She has been the deputy CIO at HUD since May 1999 and is the co-chairwoman of the CIO Council's Best Practices Subcommittee.

At HUD, she oversees IT capital planning, enterprise architecture efforts and performance measurement.

Before her HUD post, Stouffer was a deputy project manager at the Agriculture Department and ran a $130 million, multiagency project to improve the delivery of services through the integration of USDA's
telecommunications systems.

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