Balutis resigns from FGIPC

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Alan Balutis, the executive director of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils (FGIPC), has resigned in the wake of controversy over his outside consulting work.

Balutis signed an agreement Jan. 17 to leave his position as executive director of FGIPC, a collection of professional groups that fosters communication among federal information technology managers, users and vendors.

Bob Woods, chairman of the Industry Advisory Council, said the boards of IAC and FGIPC could not reach agreement with Balutis about his outside consulting work. Balutis wanted to continue the outside work, arguing that that had been the terms of the job. But the board said he could not.

"We couldn't reach an agreement of what he believed his terms were," Woods said in a telephone interview with Federal Computer Week. "I believe he believes that he did well, and I think we believe he did some good things. We would have liked him to stay if he could agree with the terms."

But Woods said Balutis would not agree to end his outside consulting work. Balutis said today that he had no immediate comment and declined to talk about his future plans.

A search committee will begin work this week for a new executive director of FGIPC.

Woods said he hoped to fill the position in 90 days. In the meantime, Vivian Ronen, a retired General Services Administration official and presently senior adviser to the executive director, will serve as the acting executive director.

"We feel like she knows the industry and can hold things together until we get a new director," Woods said.

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