OMB appoints technology czar

Office of Management and Budget Director Mitch Daniels has appointed Mark Forman, a vice president for e-business at Unisys Corp., to the newly created position of associate director for information technology and e-government. OMB announced that Forman will report to the OMB deputy director for management, who will serve as the federal chief information officer. The deputy director for management position has yet to be filled. Forman will act as "the leading federal e-government executive," according to a statement released by OMB. "He will also lead the development and implementation of federal information technology policy." Forman will oversee the e-government fund proposed by President Bush in his fiscal 2002 budget. The fund is designed to spur innovative technology efforts across agencies. Forman will also direct the activities of the CIO Council, made up of agency CIOs, and will advise on the appointments of future CIOs. Forman essentially fulfills all the duties of an overarching CIO for the government without actually holding the title. "It's not an incoherent strategy," said Carl DeMaio, director of government redesign at the Reason Public Policy Institute and a former adviser to Bush's presidential campaign. The deputy director for management will have a role in technology issues, DeMaio said, but now there will be an additional person focusing solely on technology concerns, leaving the deputy director free to fulfill other duties such as overseeing contracting and procurement issues. Forman oversees e-business and e-government initiatives of two business units of Unisys. He previously worked in the public sector division of IBM Global Services, and as a senior staff member on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. Forman was also a senior adviser to the Senate on information technology issues. Forman will begin work at OMB on June 25.
Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Cyber Risk Report: Cybercrime Trends from 2016

    In our first half 2016 cyber trends report, SurfWatch Labs threat intelligence analysts noted one key theme – the interconnected nature of cybercrime – and the second half of the year saw organizations continuing to struggle with that reality. The number of potential cyber threats, the pool of already compromised information, and the ease of finding increasingly sophisticated cybercriminal tools continued to snowball throughout the year.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • GBC Issue Brief: The Future of 9-1-1

    A Look Into the Next Generation of Emergency Services

  • GBC Survey Report: Securing the Perimeters

    A candid survey on cybersecurity in state and local governments

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

  • eBook: State & Local Cybersecurity

    CenturyLink is committed to helping state and local governments meet their cybersecurity challenges. Towards that end, CenturyLink commissioned a study from the Government Business Council that looked at the perceptions, attitudes and experiences of state and local leaders around the cybersecurity issue. The results were surprising in a number of ways. Learn more about their findings and the ways in which state and local governments can combat cybersecurity threats with this eBook.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.