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Government Clouds: Progress, Insights and Remaining Challenges (Coming Down to Earth)

Government is exploring a wide variety of cloud computing approaches to cut costs, improve operations, provide transparency, and engage citizens. Prior successes, such as Recovery.gov and cloud e-mail procurements, have led to the U.S. Federal government’s detailed cloud implementation Roadmap for the “Cloud First” policy. The Cloud First policy has been operational for a year, and a new Future First policy has been initiated to build on lessons learned and evolving technologies. Security and privacy concerns continue be at the forefront of public sector Cloud computing strategies. Tight budgets are accelerating the movement of governments to multiple cloud initiatives. This presentation will discuss insights gained over the past year, as well emerging security, privacy, sourcing, and implementation issues in government’s movement to the cloud. It will include case studies of current cloud initiatives, including what, when, how and why those initiatives are achieving success.

By Dr Dave McClure – Associate Administrator of Citizen Services of U.S. General Services Administration and Mark A. Forman, Former U.S. Administrator for E-Government and IT

Author`s Bio:  Dave McClure was appointed as the Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Communications effective August 24, 2009. In 2010, the office was re-established as the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. As Associate Administrator, McClure advances GSA’s responsibilities in serving the American people through open and transparent government initiatives to provide increased government accessibility to the public. McClure also identifies and applies new technologies to improve government operations and service delivery.

The Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies is a powerful advocate for making government operations more open, transparent, and participatory. Through the use of innovative technologies, the office connects the public to government information and services through various channels, including collaborative and public dialogue tools, call centers, and other emerging new media and citizen engagement technologies. As part of this effort, the office runs the award-winning and recently re-designed USA.gov, the official website of the federal government As well as Data.gov. In addition, he oversees the Federal Cloud Computing PMO which is responsible for implementation and evolution of the Apps.gov web site, creation of FedRamp (a governmentwide security accreditation, certification, and authorization program), and governmentwide data center consolidation.

McClure most recently served as the managing vice president for Gartner Inc.’s government research team. There, he managed the global government research agenda and analyst support, and was lead researcher on government information technology management practices. McClure also served on the Obama-Biden transformation, innovation, and government reform transition team, which examined federal agency IT plans and status for the incoming administration.

Before working at Gartner, McClure served as vice president for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government. Previously, McClure had an 18-year career with the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging reviews of major systems development and IT management capabilities in almost all major Cabinet departments and agencies. He also served as ex-officio member of the Federal Chief Information Officer Council from its inception in 1996 through 2001.

McClure has also provided key input on major federal government IT reform legislation, such as the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 that created federal government CIOs and IT business-case requirements, and the e-Government Act of 2002. He is a three-time winner of Federal Computer Week’s “Top Federal 100″ (1998, 2001, and 2004) for impact on government IT directions and improvements. He was elected a Member of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2009 and received AFFIRM’s 2010 Government-wide IT Leadership Award.

McClure received his Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Texas. He also completed post-graduate work in IT management at Harvard and George Washington universities.

Mark A. Forman, Former U.S. Administrator for E-Government and IT

Mark Forman is an accomplished Executive with more than 29 years of professional work experience, including a Presidential appointment to be the first U.S. Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology, the Federal Government’s Chief Information Officer. Mr. Forman has a long record of accomplishments in government management reforms, as a government employee, political appointee, and management consultant.

Mr. Forman is currently the Co-founder of Government Transaction Services, Inc. which was established in 2010 to be the leading provider of cloud-based business process and transaction services supporting organizations that do business with the federal government. Government Transaction Services’ products reduce administrative burdens and simplify interactions with government, as well provide on-line practitioner communities. Mr. Forman has been instrumental in developing the first product line, EZgrantfiling, which includes a secure digital workspace, automated filing, compliance assistance, and a collaborative network for grantees and research users (e.g. publishers).

Mr. Forman retired as a partner at KPMG LLP in January 2011, where was the Practice Leader of KPMG’s Federal Performance and Technology Advisory Practice. In this role, Mr. Forman created rapidly growing organization of about 170 consultants assisting federal agencies in business transformation initiatives. Prior to joining KPMG LLP in 2005, Mr. Forman was Executive Vice President and a founder of Cassatt Corporation, which developed software for data center operations and optimization prior to its 2009 acquisition by CA. Mr. Forman served on the Board of Directors for Corio Inc. and the Advisory Board for PureEdge prior to their acquisition by IBM.

From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Forman was the first Administrator for E-Government and IT at the Office of Management and Budget. Mr. Forman formulated the Expanding E-Government components of the President’s Management Agenda, oversaw all federal IT spending and lead the Federal CIO Council. He is widely recognized for accomplishments in modernizing the Federal government and implementing the federal IT governance processes relating to IT Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC), Enterprise Architecture, and IT Plans required under OMB Circular A-11, the E-Government Act of 2002, Clinger Cohen Act, Paperwork Reduction Act, and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). His definition and deployment of a rigorous cybersecurity improvement process raised IT security from less than 20% to about 80% in two years. Mr. Forman also successfully led several thousand IT workers in 30 cross-agency teams to implement E-Government and e-Business initiatives.

Prior to returning to government, Mr. Forman was Vice President, eBusiness, for Unisys Global Public Sector. In this position, he was responsible for transforming $1.2 Billion book of business from legacy programs to new e-Government and Public Sector e-Business offerings. Mr. Forman worked as part of a global team where he led the development of the strategy and implementation plan to restructure Unisys Public Sector. From 1997 to late 2000, Mr. Forman was a Principal in IBM Global Services where he went from leading a federal government practice to creating and growing the national Public Sector e-Business Consulting Services, which he then lead to become the Global Public Sector e-Business Strategy Services practice. He also has led numerous organizations through strategic business transformations and modernization initiatives.

From March 1990 through February 1997, he was a lead staff member in the U.S. Senate for legislative reforms in place today including: Defense and government-wide management, major acquisition programs, and IT and weapons acquisition. He also conducted oversight and investigations on horror stories in major government projects.

Mr. Forman is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and CIO Sage. He led the Industry Advisory Council’s Presidential Transition Study. He has given well over 100 speeches on federal IT management, E-Government, business transformation and information technology to a wide variety of industry groups and government officials from around the world. Mr. Forman has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress and California State Senate on information policy and management reform issues. He has participated in on-line Q&A sessions hosted by the Whitehouse and Washington Post, and written numerous papers and reports on government management and use of IT. He is a respected speaker on government use of cloud computing, IT risk management, Enterprise Architecture, data center consolidation, e-government and social media tools.

 Board of Directors and Advisors

  • Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
  • CIO SAGE at the Partnership for Public Service
  • GCN Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award
  • FCW Eagle Award Winner
  • Industry Advisory Council Executive Chairman’s Award
  • Multiple Fed100 Awards
  • Guest Lecturer, Defense Acquisition University

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