OMB shake-up continues: Lorentz and Styles leave posts

Norm Lorentz says it made sense to leave now, before the next budget cycle begins.

Henrik G. de Gyor

Angela Styles says her successor will need the skills to keep competitive sourcing efforts moving within agencies.

Henrik G. de Gyor

The turnover at the Office of Management and Budget continued this month with the departure of Norm Lorentz and Angela Styles.

Lorentz, the first chief technology officer at OMB, left his job Aug. 30. As the CTO, Lorentz oversaw efforts to establish the Federal Enterprise Architecture.

'Norm was a visionary,' said Reynolds Cahoon, CIO at the National Archives and Records Administration and co-chairman of the CIO Council's Federal Architecture and Infrastructure Components Subcommittee. 'He made enterprise architecture a vital part of investment planning and of the whole way the government does IT.'

Meanwhile, Styles, the former administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, completed the difficult task of revamping OMB Circular A-76, the rule that governs how agencies outsource federal jobs to the private sector. She leaves the post today.

'Her principal legacy will be tied to competitive sourcing and A-76,' said Stan Soloway, president of the Professional Services Council, an industry group in Arlington, Va. 'Most people who worked with her on that issue both sympathized with the position she was in'between a rock and a hard place'and also admired her willingness to debate, talk, discuss and listen on issues. I think she was committed to trying to do the right thing.'

Lorentz will return to the private sector to join DigitalNet of Herndon, Va., as a senior vice president in charge of homeland defense and some civilian markets.
He said he decided to leave before the next budget cycle began. 'I didn't want to disrupt the process with the budget starting and Karen Evans coming in' as the new administrator for e-government and IT, he said, adding, 'DigitalNet gave me an offer I couldn't refuse.'

Styles also plans to return to the private sector as a partner in the Washington law firm Miller & Chevalier. She will practice government contracts law.

Styles' tenure at OFPP received mixed reviews. Her goal of reworking A-76 left her open to criticism from industry, government and lawmakers. Federal union leaders said the Bush administration only wanted to send government jobs to the private sector.

IT industry executives said the new process was better than the last, and although it wasn't perfect, they said Styles had considered all sides of the sourcing debate.

She said it took certain skills to rewrite the circular and get the competition process in motion, but her replacement will need implementation expertise.

'It takes a different set of skills to implement it and share best practices among the agencies. Somebody can come in with the energy to do that, the energy I don't have right now,' Styles said. 'It's a very big job to ensure it continues and works well at the different agencies.'

Washington Technology staff writer Gail Repsher Emery contributed to this article.


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