McClure will leave GAO for Council for Excellence in Government

McClure will leave GAO for Council for Excellence in Government

For 18 years, Dave McClure played the role of agency watchdog at the General Accounting Office. Now the agency's director of IT Management Issues is joining the Council for Excellence in Government, a Washington nonpartisan organization that aims to help governments improve their performance and results.

McClure will become the council's vice president for e-government. He will direct the its strategy for promoting e-government to federal, state and local government agencies, said Patricia McGinnis, council president and chief executive officer.

McClure will leave GAO at the end of August. No interim director has been named.

'I see this as a good opportunity to engage public and private organizations in workable approaches to IT and e-government problems,' McClure said. 'It mirrors the collaborative work I've been doing at GAO and gives me a different forum to do that.'

McClure, who has been the director of IT management issues since 1998 and has dealt with IT issues since 1988, also will work with the council's e-government fellows program and initially will concentrate on homeland security, McGinnis said.

'Dave is going to be a tremendous asset in strategic thinking and in terms of the nuts and bolts of how IT and e-government work,' McGinnis said.

McClure said he is proud of how GAO has developed widely accepted methodologies, evaluation tools and approaches to improve the office's oversight position over the last decade. He said cooperation from Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and from agencies helped GAO focus on problems and solutions rather than politics.

'There are a lot of similarities in what I'm doing now and what I will be doing at the council,' he said. 'I will be engaged in a constructive dialogue with the people I've been auditing over the last decade. I just will not be auditing them, but I still will try to get consensus and focus on the same issues.'

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