Task Force on Federal IT Procurement

Hudson’s Task Force on Federal IT Procurement seeks to highlight the need for greater transparency and open competition in the awarding of IT services by the federal government. The Task Force was established to analyze current procurement procedures and offer suggestions in three key areas: Competition, Security, and Innovation. In an age of networked warfare, it will be vital to America’s national security interests to improve these measures while maintaining performance and reducing cost to taxpayers.

Through regular meetings, public events and published materials, this working group of leading technologists and policy experts works to ensure that government IT services will ready for a new era of strategic challenges.

Areas for exploration will include:

  • incorporating greater competition by reducing the number of sole-sourced contracts,
  • diversifying contracting while assuring state-of-the-art services,
  • enhancing the level of cybersecurity to prevent further breaches of government IT platforms,
  • capitalizing on the technical innovations and opportunities created by a vibrant IT private sector.

Advisory Board Members:

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Arthur L. Money served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence from 1999 until 2001. He also served as the Department of Defense (DOD) Chief Information Officer (CIO) from February 1998 to April 2001. Mr. Money served as Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Research, Development and Acquisition (also a Senate confirmed position), and as CIO of the Air Force from January 1996 to February 1998. Prior to the USG duties, he was President of ESL Inc., a subsidiary of TRW, then Vice President and Deputy General Manager for the TRW Avionics and Surveillance Group.

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James Gosler is one of the nation’s foremost experts on cybersecurity and information operations. He served over three decades in various cyber- and nuclear weapon-related positions at Sandia National Laboratories. During his lab career, he was invited by the National Security Agency to serve as the lab’s first visiting scientist, where he created and led the Vulnerability Assessment Program and, in 2004, was appointed Sandia’s sixth fellow. Mr. Gosler previously served as director of the Clandestine Information Technology Office at the Central Intelligence Agency. He is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where he provides strategic advice to the Laboratory’s senior leadership.

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John P. Stenbit is the former Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence and its successor organization, Networks and Information Integration, and the former Department of Defense Chief Information Officer. His career spans over 30 years of public and private sector service in the telecommunications and the command and control fields. He previously held positions at TRW and the Aerospace Corporation. Mr. Stenbit is currently a consultant and member of the Defense Science Board, the National Security Agency Advisory Board, the STRATCOM Advisory Board, and the National Reconnaissance Office Advisory Group. He is the director of Viasat, Defense Group, Inc., and Loral Space & Communications. During 2005-2017, he was a member of the MITRE Board of Trustees.

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Fred B. Schneider is Samuel B. Eckert Professor of Computer Science at Cornell University and chair of the department. Recently, his interests have turned to system security. He is also engaged in research concerning legal and economic measures for improving system trustworthiness. Schneider chaired the National Academies Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (CSTB) study on information systems trustworthiness that produced the 1999 volume Trust in Cyberspace. He is currently a member of the National Academies Naval Studies Board, Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, Defense Science Board, and is founding chair of the National Academies Forum on Cyber Resilience. He is a former member of the Computing Research Association’s Computing Community Consortium steering committee 2007-2013 and chaired the Government Affairs committee. In addition, Schneider has testified about cybersecurity research at numerous congressional hearings.

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