Need case help? Ask industry

Karen Evans

Tom Fedor

With about six weeks left before fiscal 2005 budget submissions are due to the Office of Management and Budget, the CIO Council this month urged agencies to seek industry assistance in developing their business cases and enterprise architectures.

Karen Evans, vice chairwoman of the council and the Energy Department's CIO, sent a letter to government CIOs, encouraging them to recognize the importance of the private sector.

'Our relationship with industry has never been bad, but sometimes it is important to restate the obvious,' she noted. 'I've heard from several industry people that they wanted a clarification of their role with the CIO Council.'

The council has found that agencies are missing certain skills needed to complete their modernization blueprints, she said.

'The only way we will be able to finish these requirements is through a partnership with industry,' Evans said.

'We have been focused so much internally that I felt the time was right to clarify the role industry can play.'

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