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FCW Insider: Dee Lee joins Compusearch

We've all been waiting.

When Deidre Lee retired earlier this year, many people wondered where she would end up. Well, your questions are answered.

Lee told me this morning that she is going to join Compusearch, a privately held company that "provides enterprise software and services that automate mandated business rules for public sector organizations with authority to spend, grant, or move funds." The company says that its PRISM software "is the most widely adopted federal acquisition and grants management system with over 33,000 authorized users in more than 75 organizations across the civilian, intelligence, and defense sectors." The company is owned by Carlyle Venture and Growth Partners.

Lee had a number of offers. And even though I'm on vacation this week, I will always take Lee's calls. I asked her why she selected Compusearch. She said that she continues to believe in the mission of government and that the company was focused on helping the government accomplish its mission.

Lee, of course, is one of the government super-stars, as we noted in an editorial earlier this year.

I clearly don't get out enough because I don't know Compusearch all that well, but they have a lot of names that we all know. Quoted in the Compusearch release below is Charles Rossotti, who is one of the legends in our world -- one of the founders of AMS who went on to be IRS Commissioner. Rossotti is now a Carlyle senior adviser and sits on the Compusearch board of directors. Compusearch also employs Joiwind Ronen, who until 2004 was the executive director of the Industry Advisory Council. And they list Harvard professor Steve Kelman as an adviser. Kelman, of course, also is a FCW columnist and blogger.

Congratulations to Lee on the next phase of her career.

The release is below:

Compusearch is pleased to announce that Deidre A. Lee will join  the firm as Director of all its activities in the Defense and Intelligence Markets. Ms. Lee will leadCompusearch’s efforts to help public sector organizations more efficiently and transparently spend, grant, and move funds in accordance with mandated business rules.
“Dee is one of the most respected leaders in the federal government acquisition community,” said Carlyle Senior Advisor, former IRS Commissioner, andCompusearch Board member Charles Rossotti .  “Her track record of improving federal procurement operations is impeccable.  She has helped government procurement become more efficient, visible, transparent, and accountable to the American people.  Dee’s skills, experience, and passion are perfectly matched to build onCompusearch’s 25 years of procurement expertise to tackle the unique acquisition challenges facing our nation’s defense and intelligence communities.”

Ms. Lee comes to Compusearch with three decades of government experience and is one of the best known federal acquisition executives. Most recently, Ms. Lee was the Director of Management and Chief Acquisition Officer for Federal Emergency Management Agency.  She has also served as Assistant Commissioner of Integrated Technology Services for the Government Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy at the  Department of Defense, Administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, and the Associate Administrator for Procurement at the National Aerospace and Science Administration.

Regarding her future role, Ms. Lee stated, “I look forward to applying my government experience through industry to help build a more effective and efficient government that better meets America’s needs.  I am delighted to join the Compusearch team because their people, products, culture, and approach are best positioned to have maximum impact on government procurement practices.”

Compusearch Chief Executive Officer Peter DiGiammarino said, "We are honored to have someone of Dee's caliber and reputation join our team as we ramp up efforts to serve the soaring demand for quality support to defense procurement, financial management, and grants operations.  Dee understands the challenges Defense and Intelligence agencies face when they spend, grant, and move public funds and under her stewardship, we will further expand our ability to support these needs."

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Jun 24, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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