OMB names e-gov chieftain

OMB names e-gov chieftain

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

JUNE 15—Mark A. Forman, a Unisys Corp. vice president, will become the federal government's leading information technology executive.

Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., director of the Office of Management and Budget, announced that Forman will take over the newly created position of associate director for information technology and electronic government. He will report to OMB's deputy director for management, a now-vacant post regarded by administration officials as equivalent to that of a federal chief information officer.

Forman, who starts on June 25, will lead the development and implementation of federal IT policy. He will be responsible for ensuring that agencies use digital technology and best practices to improve quality, effectiveness and efficiency. He also is charged with helping departments and agencies use the Internet to create a more citizen-centric government, OMB said.

Forman will hold the purse strings of the e-government fund proposed in the president's budget to fund and expedite interagency initiatives. He will direct the activities of the CIO Council and consult on agency technology efforts, working with the federal CIO.

At Unisys, Forman oversaw initiatives for two business units. He was responsible for developing and implementing strategies to meet U.S. federal and global private-sector needs.

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