Mark Forman to leave OMB

Mark Forman, the driving force behind the e-government initiatives, will leave the Office of Management and Budget next week to take a private sector job.

An agency spokesman confirmed the departure of Forman, administrator of OMB's Office of E-Government and Information Technology. The move comes three months after Mitchell Daniels resigned as OMB director.

Forman has taken a job with a start-up technology firm, said another OMB spokesperson, who could not identify the company. Norm Lorentz, OMB's chief technology officer, will take Forman's place temporarily, the spokesperson added.

Forman's surprising decision puts the President's Management Agenda at risk, said consultant Robert Guerra of Guerra, Kiviat, Flyzik and Associates Inc. Forman was the driving force behind the 24 e-gov initiatives and the enterprise architecture effort, he said.

"To be blunt, the e-gov initiatives individually, I don't think were that great an opportunity," Guerra said. "But as agencies began to focus on using technology toward a mission goal, that's the purpose those things served. Without Mark's energy and passion and intensity behind it, I'm concerned whether or not there is anyone [who] has the authority to put the pressure behind the effort."

Forman's devotion to the effort was especially important considering that Congress has funded e-gov at levels far below the administration's requests, Guerra said.

"I can see [the initiatives] stalling," he said. "They were getting enough resistance from agencies as it was. Now they don't have the champion, they don't have the power behind it. I can see them stagnating."

E-gov will not be abandoned, OMB spokesman Trent Duffy said.

"The administration remains fully committed to the e-gov component and every initiative of the President's Management Agenda," he said. "OMB will continue to press forward."

Forman's departure imperils the enterprise architecture component of the agenda, Guerra said. "That one is absolutely vital, and that's the one where I thought Mark did an absolutely excellent job," he said. "If I had to trade the 24 e-gov initiatives for enterprise architecture, I'd take enterprise architecture hands down."

Guerra said Forman's decision would have been more expected at the turn of the year or at the next presidential inauguration, Guerra said. He added that Forman's departure is understandable. "That's just a burn-out job," Guerra said.


  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected


Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.