TechAmerica Foundation is pulling to together a group of industry luminaries to provide recommendations for improving the way the federal government purchases and implements IT systems.
The move comes following President Barack Obama’s decision to halt contracts and review IT spending.
Included in the group are Linda Gooden, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Information Systems & Global Services and Renato (Renny) A. DiPentima, former CEO of SRA International Inc. and a senior adviser at Providence Equity Partners.
“For too long the government has been unable to deliver our citizens the full potential of government services because of its reliance on outdated, inflexible procurement laws and regulations and an ill-equipped, overburdened acquisition workforce, ” said TechAmerica Foundation Chairman Phil Bond. “If nothing else, the Administration’s recent decision to halt work on financial systems implementations should serve as a wakeup call that IT acquisition reform is overdue. Today we are answering that call. This Commission will constitute a serious effort by the nation’s leading information technology system and procurement experts. We fully expect the Commission’s recommendations to carry weight within the Administration and to result in substantive improvements.
“Our goal is to develop a road map for transforming IT acquisitions and management, and to produce that road map in time for the Administration to consider our findings as they craft a FY 2012 budget, ” Bond added.