Photo highlights from Wednesday at FOSE

DC Mayor Williams lauds IT's role<@VM>Mexico, Canada CIOs add perspective<@VM>Immigration relies on new technology<@VM>Washington Technology talks business<@VM>Designing better contracts

Henrik G. de Gyor

'We went for the gold standard,' Washington Mayor Anthony Williams said in discussing how the District of Columbia built and refined its IT team. "We couldn't offer money, so we offered challenges.' Within three years, the District's IT team grew from one person to 100. Williams was a keynote speaker Wednesday.



Henrik G. de Gyor

IT leaders from governments in the United States, Canada and Mexico discussed their e-government projects at a panel. They were Abraham Sotelo, the CIO of Mexico; Mark Forman, the associate director for IT and E-Government at OMB; and Michelle D'Auray, CIO of Canada, which has one of the best e-gov efforts in the world, according to an annual study by Accenture. Thomas R. Temin, executive editor of Government Computer News, was moderator.



Henrik G. de Gyor

Few areas of the Homeland Security Department face more urgency in integrating identification technology than the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Speaking of the challenge at Wednesday's executive breakfast were, left to right, bureau CIO Scott Hastings and executive associate commissioner for management George Bohlinger.



Henrik G. de Gyor

GCN's sister publication Washington Technology launched the "WT@FOSE" mini-conference focusing on systems integrators. Large federal integrators such as Unisys Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., and Northrop Grumman Corp. are starting to see increased requirements for small business subcontracting, as well as increased agency oversight of small-business plans. Stringent requirements for small-business subcontracting can put a strain on the government customer and the prime contractor, executives from these large IT firms said.



The meeting's panel of speakers included, from the left: Rick Rosenberg, manager of defense systems for Unisys Corp.; Linda Gooden, president of Lockheed Martin Corp.'s information technology business; Joseph Petrillo an attorney with the law firm of Petrillo & Powell; Michele Dyson, president of CISglobal, Silver Spring, Md.; and Kent Schneider, president of the Northrop Grumman Defense Enterprise Solutions.


Henrik G. de Gyor

Mike Sade, Commerce's procurement executive and the chairman of the Procurement Executive Council, said he is looking into adding a clause to his agency's procurement regulations prohibiting award without discussions. This issue and the lack of upfront market research were the two areas Sade pointed out during his keynote address at the FOSE 2003 Conference that agencies need to improve upon to develop better contracts.



'We are so intent on rushing to award that we end up using time and materials contracts because the agency doesn't know what they want,' said Sade, on the need for agencies to do more market research before awarding contracts.

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