FGIPC raises the curtain on a new ACT

The Federation of Government Information Processing Councils is now the American Council for Technology.

The council said earlier this month the new name reflects changes in both federal IT and in the group.

In a new strategic plan, the council detailed its plans for the next three years and said its new mission is 'to lead the IT community to improve government.'

The change in focus is intended to increase the council's government employee membership, president Barry West said in a statement. West, CIO of the National Weather Service, said the changes would take effect in January.

West and other officials unveiled the new plan and name at the Industry Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference 2003.

Under its new business model, the council for the first time will accept individual members.
It also will place a greater emphasis on professional development through education, certification and accreditation programs.

ACT will charge a fee to federal employees who join as individual members, said Joiwind Ronen, ACT executive director. She said she wasn't sure how much, but it would be less than $100 annually.

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