Talking Shop with Uncle Sam's CIO

The OMB's Mark Forman on how he's turning the federal government's sprawling array of Web sites into an efficient, coordinated entity

Most people have never heard of Mark Forman, but he's an important man in Washington. As associate director of information technology and e-government at the federal Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Forman holds sway over $45 billion in federal IT spending -- and has the power to make IT managers at most federal agencies squirm. In a broad sense, that makes Forman, who was appointed in June, 2001, by President Bush, the first chief information officer for the federal government. Specifically, his job is to get Uncle Sam up to speed when it comes to doing all things online, from offering services to purchasing goods.

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