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CIS/SLATA Speaker Series: Mark Forman


March 31, 2008 12:45pm - 2:00pm


Mark Forman is an accomplished Executive with more than 24 years of professional work experience, including a Presidential appointment to be the first U.S. Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology. As the federal government’s first Chief Information Officer, he oversaw more than $58 billion in annual IT spending and led the President's E-Government Initiative, one of the five Bush management reforms to create a more productive, citizen-centric government, and is widely credited with reforming the federal government’s use of IT. In addition to bringing e-business to the federal government, he led the development and implementation of policies for information security, paperwork elimination, IT sourcing and privacy. To improve results from federal IT spending, Mr. Forman put in place a government-wide governance process that aligned IT investments with business results and improved success rates on over 1500 IT projects with an average investment of $50 million. 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.

Mr. Forman has testified frequently before the U.S. Congress and California State Senate on IT 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, e-business, e-government and defense economics issues.

He also has led numerous organizations through strategic business transformations and modernization initiatives. Mr. Forman is currently the Practice Leader of the Federal Information Technology Advisory service line, which includes IT strategy and governance, capital planning and investment control (CPIC), information security, privacy, PKI, , architecture, IT sourcing and IT program performance. In addition, Mr. Forman leads the Federal Civilian Advisory Services organization, where he is responsible for KPMG’s Advisory Services work for Civilian agencies of the Federal Government. In this role, Mr. Forman oversees a rapidly growing organization that assists federal agencies in improving management processes to achieve efficiencies, improve performance, and attain compliance with relevant laws and regulations. Mr. Forman has also co-founded Cassatt Corporation, which provides solutions that automate the IT operations. Mr. Forman has also been a Vice President of e-business in Unisys Global Industries, a Principal in IBM Global Services, the creator and leader or IBM's Americas Public Sector e-business Consulting Services, the Senior Professional Staff Member on the Majority Staff of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and a manager with Defense Group Incorporated and The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC).