Mark Forman: Next US CIO Must Have Grasp of Gov’t Policies, Processes

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Mark Forman

Mark Forman, a former U.S. chief information officer, believes the next federal CIO should possess knowledge of both government policies and processes, FCW reported Thursday.

“In government, so much emanates from the appropriations process, there’s a very clear set of procedures for processes and it’s a model that’s unique to government,” Forman told FCW’s Colby Hochmuth.

“There would certainly be a learning curve for people who haven’t worked in the government IT environment before,” he said.

Steve VanRoekel left his role as federal CIO on Sept. 19 to join the U.S. Agency for International Development as chief innovation officer.

Forman, vice president for information technology services and cloud initiatives at TASC, also recommends that the next CIO know the team already in place, FCW reports.

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