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IAC meets with Team Obama

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Updated at 8:28p ET

A group representing the non-profit Industry Advisory Council met this week with the Obama transition team, and the group is expected to (finally) release its transition documents next week — likely as soon as Monday.

The meeting went very well, according to a Friday e-mail to industry group’s leadership from IAC Executive Director Ken Allen. “They told us that they recognized the importance of IAC and that this was their first meeting with an IT group.” And he indicated that the IAC transition papers will be sent to IAC members and posted on the IAC Web site on Monday.

As IAC announced at the Executive Leadership Conference in October, the group has been hosting a Transition Study Project, which they described as “a group that is developing recommendations on the strategic use of information technology (IT) for the next Administration and Congress.” At the time, the transition group highlighted 10 areas that it was studying:

  • Acquisition Process Improvement
  • Budget Challenges
  • War on Terror
  • Healthcare
  • Energy and Environment
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Entitlement Programs
  • Disaster Protection
  • Financial and Regulatory Reform
  • Government Management

Read GCN’s story from ELC here.

The transition reports were slated to be released in November, but… they were delayed for a number of reasons.

There are apparently now two so-called “capstone papers” — one on IT as a strategic weapon, and another on returning innovation to the federal government.

UPDATE: As mentioned, I got an update tonight from an IAC insider:

We will definitely be releasing the papers Monday. There are 4 total on Monday and more through the next two weeks. The will be on the website…

So… we’ll be watching on Monday.

Read Allen’s full memo… and the IAC original press release on the transition project… after the break.
Allen’s full memo sent out on Friday:

This afternoon the IAC Transition Study Group met with representatives from President’-elect Obama’s transition team. The seven representatives included several familiar faces such as Dan Chenok, Bruce McConnell, Roger Baker and Aneesh Chopra.

We had an excellent meeting. The Obama transition team representatives indicated that they are beginning the process of meeting with key groups to get input for the transition. They told us that they recognized the importance of IAC and that this was their first meeting with an IT group. They indicated that the transition project is in a listening mode. We described our process and the papers that are being developed. We discussed in some detail the contents of the two capstone papers on IT as a strategic weapon and returning innovation to the Federal government. The concepts and suggestions in these papers generated a great deal of discussion and interest. In accordance with the policy on transparency, the transition team will be putting the papers on their web site for the public to see.

Sharing that desire for transparency, we will be sending the papers to the IAC and ACT membership on Monday. We will also be putting them on our web site.

This was an extremely positive meeting and we look forward to supporting the transition and the new administration. We will keep you posted on developments.

Here is IAC’s press release from Oct. 28, 2008 about the Transition Study Project:

Industry Advisory Council Prepares Recommendations for Next Administration

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – October 27, 2008: The Industry Advisory Council (IAC), last night previewed its Transition Study Project (TSP) at the opening session of IAC’s Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, VA. More than 800 in attendance heard the presentation by the TSP, a group that is developing recommendations on the strategic use of information technology (IT) for the next Administration and Congress. The audience for these recommendations includes the President, political appointees, career government executives, Congress and industry executives. IAC’s support for the Transition will begin with papers released shortly after the November 4th election. IAC will continue to provide insights around the papers and support the transition activities through June 2009.

IAC, an advisory body established by the American Council for Technology (ACT), a government-serving association, embarked upon this project in early 2008 to provide education, advice, and insights to support the transition to the next Administration. As a non-profit organization representing a broad range of the technology industry that serves government, IAC is in a unique position to offer credible insights on technology to the incoming Administration and Congress. In its 20 years, IAC’s membership has grown to include over 500 companies who have helped government, at all levels – federal, state and local – implement IT solutions to improve performance in government. The unique partnership of ACT and IAC contributes to IAC’s reputation as a “trusted advisor” to government.

“Government is facing many challenges over the next four years,” said IAC Chair Leslie Steele. “We want to assist the incoming Administration in using technology to address national problems. In that way, we hope to help government meet its new challenges by offering our knowledge of areas where we are experienced and have been successful, while at the same time demonstrating the value of public-private collaboration to improve service to the citizens.”

Guiding the TSP is a Steering Committee chaired by Mark Forman, former Administrator for e-Government in the Office of Management and Budget, and Roger Baker, former Chief Information Office in the Department of Commerce. Under their leadership, IAC invited its members to participate in the development of issue papers. Over 80 individuals answered the challenge. These volunteers bring a broad perspective as they include a large number of former CXO-level individuals who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. A governing board made up of seven senior industry executives guide the project for IAC.

In addition to overseeing the creation of the issue papers, the TSP governing board is authoring two capstone pieces to set the strategic context for IAC’s recommendations and insights. The first paper will address the government’s use of IT for improving government results, focusing on bringing innovative solutions to program delivery and management. The second paper will be on the management of Federal IT assets as a strategic national resource and suggest ways to leverage federal IT initiatives to support global economic competitiveness.

The non-partisan, objective, and vendor-neutral issue papers will provide “roadmaps for reform” in applying apply technology to the following high priority national issues:

  • Acquisition Process Improvement
  • Budget Challenges
  • War on Terror
  • Healthcare
  • Energy and Environment
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Entitlement Programs
  • Disaster Protection
  • Financial and Regulatory Reform
  • Government Management

The first papers are slated to be released the week of November 10. In addition, the TSP is also developing briefings that it wants to present to the incoming Administration and other appropriate decision-makers.

Written by cdorobek

December 12, 2008 at 7:46 PM

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