Mayor's Technology Summit:
Homeland Security, Safety and Economic Development
Office of E-Government and Information Technology
Office of Management and Budget
On April 16, 2003, Mark Forman was appointed by President George W. Bush to be the administrator for the Office of E-Government and Information Technology. He is the first person in the federal government to fulfill responsibilities normally associated with a corporate chief information officer.
Previously Forman was associate director for IT and E-Government at the Office of Management Budget (OMB). Under his leadership, the U.S. federal government has received broad recognition for its successful use of technology and e-government.
He is charged with managing over $58 billion in IT investments and leading the President's e-Government Initiative to create a more productive, citizen-centric government. He also leads the development and implementation of federal information technology policy, and is responsible for a variety of oversight functions statutorily assigned to OMB.
Forman also oversees Executive branch CIOs and directs the activities of the federal CIO Council, as well as chairing or being a member of several key IT-related boards including the President's Critical Infrastructure Board. To improve results from federal IT spending, Forman created a framework that couples cross-agency teamwork and leadership with a government-wide IT budget decision process built around a results-driven modernization blueprint. He also led the successful definition and development of about 30 multi-agency e-government and e-business initiatives.
Prior to joining OMB, Forman was a vice president of e-business in Unisys Global Industries, where he was responsible for global public sector e-business and e-government initiatives. Prior to joining Unisys, he was a principal at IBM Global Services where he was responsible for definition and deployment of the global public sector e-business strategy.
Before joining IBM, Forman was the senior professional staff member on the majority staff of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. He was also the senior advisor to the U.S. Senate on federal acquisition and procurement issues and information technology issues.
Forman is a senior fellow of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service. He holds a MA from the Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies at the University of Chicago and a BA from Ohio State University.