GSA officials talk shop
GSA officials talk shop
size="1">General Services Administration folks were all over town during the past few weeks, and not just to usher the Bushies into their transition offices.
At a GCN-sponsored Technology Excellence in Government seminar, Christopher Wren and John Prahan of GSA's Federal Technology Service, left, exchange comments on mobile work force issues.
At bottom left, GSA's Kerry J. Blette and Phil Barber catch up over coffee. At bottom right, one of the TEG speakers was the Defense Information Systems Agency's data security guru, Richard Hale.
size="3">Gormley gets a warm send-off
size="1">Also last month, GSA's Bill Gormley, recently retired assistant commissioner of the Federal Supply Service, was feted at a luncheon attended by some 200 people.
Colleagues and well-wishers from industry flocked to Gormley's luncheon.
Gormley, right, is greeted by former Office of Federal Procurement Policy director Steve Kelman, who said Gormley came up with 'many of the ideas in procurement reform, then helped them get implemented.'
Among the other attendees were, at far right, Les Gray from FSS; Frank Pugliese, former FSS commissioner and now president of Star Mountain Inc.; and Paul Coggiano of the Coalition for Federal Procurement.
"Government needs to sell the work that it does. We keep trying to make it like a business, but we still need to focus on what we do. A lot of people want to work on someting bigger than themselves."
"Our management isn't mature enough to handle cross-country management."
size="1">-Duaine Goodno, program director for the call center initiative at DOD's Tricare Management Activity, on why he decided to locate an outsourced customer support center in nearby Maryland instead of Denver.
On the technology investment front, GCN and GSA held a government-industry roundtable to discuss risk assessment in information technology deployments. At top left, the Army's David Borland said the service has unique investment criteria.
At top center, the participants were, counterclockwise from end of table, GCN's Thomas R. Temin, co-moderator; Joan Steyaert, co-moderator and deputy associate commissioner of GSA for governmentwide policy; Vignette Corp.'s Bruce Milne; IBM Corp.'s Anne Altman; the Office of Management and Budget's Dan Chenok; Getronics' Mike Sanders; the Air Force's John Gilligan; the General Accounting Office's Dave McClure; IRS' Paul Cosgrave; Dell Computer Corp.'s Dale Nelson; and Borland.
Steyaert, at top right, was eager to find out how corporations figure return on IT investments.
Sanders, center at left, and Altman listen as Chenok makes a point.
At bottom right, Cosgrave says the IRS is making progress in upgrading its IT.