Federal officials brief business leaders on IT opportunities

Federal officials briefed representatives from the private sector Thursday on the state of information technology projects and encouraged private companies to foster relationships with the public sector.

Dan McLaughlin, acting director of the Information Technology Acquisition Center (ITAC) at the Homeland Security Department, met with industry insiders for the first time to talk about public-sector opportunities within ITAC. The program's mission is to streamline information technology across the agency in "an efficient and effective manner," he said at INPUT's FedFocus conference on government technology.

McLaughlin has yet to develop any concrete plans for ITAC because he wants to "start the process with industry." He has conducted a "tremendous amount of market research" but is currently in a "transition period" until the center receives more input from experts.

In the next few weeks, McLaughlin expects to advertise open positions for ITAC staff before moving ahead with plans to develop a governance structure, craft acquisition plans for services and command efforts, and distribute proposal documents for industry. He also has been working with other Homeland Security officials, like Chief Information Officer Steve Cooper, to coordinate technology needs.

Also at the conference, Mike Palensky, chief of the Census Bureau's acquisition division, highlighted his agency's planning process for the 2010 census.

For the 2000 census, he said, officials mailed "130 million households worth of mail, [so] we had 115 stacks of paper as tall as the Sears Tower that we had to image and process ... within 90 days. That's why we're here years in advance of 2010 ... trying to award our contract earlier."

"A big section of this contract [to help process census forms] is just building and operating the system," Palensky said. "For the first time in 2010, we're looking at different nodes, like telephone and Internet responses. There are a lot more security issues around everything we do at Census since" the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The agency released draft proposals for certain contracts in August and expects to release a second draft proposal Nov. 1, before the formal request for proposals is made available in February 2004, Palensky said. Contracts will be awarded in October 2005.

"With a major acquisition like this ... it normally takes us about six months" to complete, he said. That is why the bureau is asking industry to look at solutions that will "get us to 2010."

Palensky stressed that when awarding contracts, it is "not the company size but the people you're bringing forward to work on our program."

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

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

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download
  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.

    Download

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