Horn retiring

Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.), a retired university professor who became famous for using report cards to assess agency performance, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of this term of Congress.

Horn, who has issued report cards on issues ranging from year 2000 fixes to computer security to financial management, is a nine-year House veteran who has been one of the most knowledgeable lawmakers on government technology issues.

Horn, who is currently chairman of the House Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Government Efficiency, Financial Management and Intergovernmental Relations, cited California's redistricting as a reason for leaving.

"The redistricting process has created major changes" in his district, which includes the Long Beach area in Southern California, Horn said. "It is also a particularly fitting time to step down at the end of this term because virtually every goal I supported in 1992 for the nation and for the district has been achieved," he said.

Horn maintained a spotlight on information technology issues. As chairman of the then-House Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology, he was one of the first members of Congress to make the Year 2000 date change a prominent issue. The Year 2000 problem was the genesis of his report cards.

In his statement, he cited his Year 2000 efforts as one of his successes.

IT executives have a love-hate relationship with Horn's report cards. In the Year 2000 efforts, they were often frustrated that the report cards were not an adequate reflection of their efforts. Yet they also have acknowledged that the report cards helped garner senior management attention to the issue.

Horn is a moderate Republican serving in a Democratic-leaning district. He narrowly won re-election last year.

Horn served as president of California State University, Long Beach for 18 years.

It is unknown who will take his post as subcommittee chairman.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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