Fortune 500 vendors chip away at District's IT backlog

Fortune 500 vendors chip away at District's IT backlog

With 26 mission-critical IT projects unfunded for 2001 and beyond, Washington, D.C.'s chief technology officer, Suzanne Peck, asked Fortune 500 companies to donate their personnel and know-how.

Her Adopt an Agency program drew 10 companies, including IBM Corp., Lockheed Martin IMS and Verizon Communications Inc. They agreed to donate at least 1,000 staff hours'about six months of time'to assist city IT staff on specific initiatives.

'This program gives us a level of IT executive that we could never have hoped to have,' Peck said. 'This is strictly a donation program. There are no incentives of any kind, just the ability to serve the nation's capital.'

Washington agencies have received more than $4.5 million worth of services from the 10 companies, Peck said. The Motor Vehicles Department, for example, was able to rebuild its database and put services online. The city has established project management policies and procedures using project management software received through the program.

'We have a substantial backlog of infrastructure application projects, and we are getting through them,' Peck said. 'These senior-level executives can leverage resources and help manage the projects.'

For more information on the program, contact Peck at 202-727-9247.

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