The Bush administration has hired the first governmentwide chief technology officer, according to a spokeswoman with the Office of Management and Budget. Norman Lorentz, the former CTO of information technology industry job service Dice Inc.
, started working at OMB Jan.2, reporting to Mark Forman, associate director for information technology and e-government, the spokeswoman said. In October, OMB's E-Government Task Force chose 22 agency projects to support out of an interagency e-government fund proposed in the President's budget. The President had requested $100 million to fund e-government programs. However, he got only $5 million in the final version of the Treasury-Postal spending bill. According to the spokeswoman, Forman chose a new CTO because OMB needed someone to act as a chief architect on e-government issues. If Forman intends Lorentz to act as a traditional technology architect, Lorentz would help to define the overall structure and interrelationships of e-government projects. A technology system architecture usually involves a broad, all-encompassing assessment of how different components work together. Lorentz was also the first CTO of the Postal Service.