Commerce’s Bodman to head PMC e-gov committee

E-Government managers are getting a new chief operating officer. The Office of Management and Budget today announced that Samuel W. Bodman, the deputy secretary of the Commerce Department, will be appointed the chairman of the E-Government Committee of the President’s Management Council.

The PMC is made up of agency deputy secretaries, who are considered COOs. OMB looks to the council to promote projects and initiatives, especially in the e-government arena.

Bodman replaces Cameron Findlay, who left the Labor Department this summer to take a post as the general counsel for AON Corp. of Chicago, according to a department spokesman.

In his new role, Bodman will work with Karen Evans, OMB’s administrator for e-government and IT, to ensure that federal IT policy initiatives—such as the 25 Quicksilver projects, the President’s Management Agenda and an effort to buy enterprise software licenses—maintain support from agencies and continue to move forward, said Clay Johnson, OMB’s deputy director for management.

At Commerce, Bodman manages the day-to-day operations of the agency, which has 40,000 employees and a $5 billion budget.

Before coming to Commerce, Bodman spent 31 years as a consultant to new businesses. He also was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and earned a doctorate in chemical engineering from MIT in 1965.

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