OMB’s Forman adds two techie chiefs to his staff

OMB’s Forman adds two techie chiefs to his staff

Mark Forman’s staff grows by two this month. The Office of Management and Budget’s associate director for e-government and IT has gained Norman Lorentz as his chief technology officer. Forman also has tapped Debra Stouffer, deputy CIO for IT reform at the Housing and Urban Development Department, to spend 90 days drafting a governmentwide architecture proposal.

Lorentz began his new job Jan. 2; Stouffer will begin her temporary post Jan. 22.

“Mark always has played with the idea of adding more staff as the need arose,” OMB spokeswoman Jennifer Wood said. “Mark decided the CTO position was needed, and Norman is extremely qualified. He has done it all on the public and private sides.”

Lorentz will be the chief e-government architect and will lead multiple technology teams as they work to define and implement an e-gov architecture, Wood said.

Before coming to OMB, Lorentz was a senior vice president and CTO at Dice Inc. of New York. He also spent time as a senior vice president and CTO for the Postal Service and worked for 18 years at U.S. West, which has since been bought by Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver.

Lorentz has a master’s degree from Arizona State University and a bachelor’s from Regis University.

Stouffer has been the deputy CIO at HUD since May 1999 and is the co-chairwoman of the Chief Information Officers Council’s Best Practices Subcommittee. At HUD, she oversees IT capital planning, enterprise architecture efforts and performance measurement.

Before her HUD post, Stouffer was a deputy project manager at the Agriculture Department and ran a $130 million, multiagency project to improve the delivery of services through the integration of USDA’s telecommunications systems.

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