Forman heads for greener pastures

Mark Forman left Washington for California this month, but not before the government IT community gave him a collective laurel'and hearty handshake (our apologies to Mel Brooks).

Friends and colleagues gathered at a quickly arranged soiree on the terrace of a Washington hotel to salute the Office of Management and Budget's departing IT and e-government czar.
The event was staged by members of three groups Forman dealt with often in his two years on the job: the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils, the Industry Advisory Council and the Association for Federal Information Resources Management.

They offered thanks for transforming government processes and some good-natured ribbing about his next project, a Silicon Valley software start-up. A risky business, for sure, but if it doesn't work out, he can always go back into government'among his parting gifts, the General Services Administration's Marty Wagner gave him an application to run for governor of California.

Forman and guests, including the Commerce Department's Michael Sade, right, get a laugh out of some of the tributes.
IAC chairman Bob Woods unveils a road map for Forman's future success.

Charlie Self, left, who just retired from GSA, John Ortego of Ortego Associates and FGIPC/IAC executive director Joiwind Ronen say so long to Forman.


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