Letter to the editor

Thank you for your editorial, "Provide proper training," in the Feb. 10 issue of Federal Computer Week.

The editorial aptly points out the need for federal information technology managers to have the business case development skills that the Office of Management and Budget expects of them. However, the piece also suggests that such training is not currently available.

You may not be aware of the fact that the Office of Personnel Management's Management Development Centers have been working very closely for a good number of years with those responsible at OMB for the Bush administration's IT and electronic government initiatives.

Mark Forman had been a featured speaker at our one-week Management of Information Technology seminar long before he came to OMB [as the associate director for IT and e-government]. We continue to work with Mark and other OMB officials to present this seminar, which requires participants to engage in a hands-on project to develop a sound IT business case.

Similarly, our new one-week Expanded Electronic Government seminar features OMB and federal program and IT practitioners as presenters. It also offers participants an opportunity to develop sound plans for cross-agency and cross-jurisdictional Web-based projects to deliver electronic services to citizens.

For more information about our popular seminars and to stay informed, visit our Web site at www.leadership.opm.gov.

Bruce Kirschner
Associate director
Western Management Development Center
Office of Personnel Management

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