TechAmerica Foundation is uniting a group government contracting heavyweights to investigate the issues surrounding IT contracting and compile solutions to get the business back on track with the government.
The move comes following President Barack Obama's decision to halt contracts and review IT spending.
Included in the group are Linda Gooden, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin's Information Systems & Global Services and Renato (Renny) A. DiPentima, former CEO of SRA International Inc. and a senior adviser at Providence Equity Partners.
“For too long the government has been unable to deliver our citizens the full potential of government services because of its reliance on outdated, inflexible procurement laws and regulations and an ill-equipped, overburdened acquisition workforce,“ said TechAmerica Foundation Chairman Phil Bond. “If nothing else, the Administration's recent decision to halt work on financial systems implementations should serve as a wakeup call that IT acquisition reform is overdue. Today we are answering that call. This Commission will constitute a serious effort by the nation's leading information technology system and procurement experts. We fully expect the Commission's recommendations to carry weight within the Administration and to result in substantive improvements.
DiPentima beings four decades of experience to the group. During his tenure at SRA from 2003-2007, he led the company to aggressive growth, increasing revenue ten-fold to $1.2 billion.
Gooden is a 30-year veteran of the industry. She manages a staff of 45,000 focused on integrated information technology solutions, systems and services to support worldwide missions of civil, defense, intelligence and other government customers.
“Our goal is to develop a road map for transforming IT acquisitions and management, and to produce that road map in time for the Administration to consider our findings as they craft a FY 2012 budget,“ Bond added.