Trail Bosses to ride back out of the sunset?

Remember the General Services Administration's Trail Boss program? It trained thousands of program managers in the finer points of acquisition. After a spate of procurement reforms in the mid-1990s, it faded away in 2000.

Remember the General Services Administration's Trail Boss program? It trained thousands of program managers in the finer points of acquisition. After a spate of procurement reforms in the mid-1990s, it faded away in 2000.

But there's a movement afoot to revive the program. The effort is starting in Canada, led by Ian Rothwell, a senior project coordinator in the CIO office of Canada's Treasury Board. He is one of 30 Canadian Trail Boss graduates.

'I'm trying to draft a new charter for Trail Boss. The need for this training didn't go away' after procurement reform, Rothwell said.

Rothwell is working with the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils and General Services Administration officials to gauge interest in reviving the annual Trail Boss Roundup conference. One way, he said, would be to assemble program graduates into a FGIPC member council.

Nearly 100 Trail Bosses responded to a survey, including 25 who said they'd help restart the program, Rothwell said. He can
be contacted at Rothwell.Ian@tbs-sct.gc.ca.

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