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GSA CIO Piatt Leaves Government for Private Post

GSA # 9726

September 1, 2000
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231
bill.bearden@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. General Services Administration announced today that its chief information officer William C. "Bill" Piatt will leave the agency at the end of September to become the Director of e-Government Strategy at Booz-Allen. The firm will make an announcement in the next few days.

In making the announcement, GSA Administrator David J. Barram, praised Piatt as a terrific leader, innovator of technology and outstanding chief information officer. Barram said that his strategic leadership and proven abilities will be sorely missed here at GSA. Barram hopes to name a new CIO in the next few weeks.

Piatt will direct Booz-Allen's e-strategy team focused on helping government clients achieve e-government transformation, said Jeff Bollettino, a company partner. Bollettino said that Piatt will lead a team of thought leaders who are making e-government a reality.

GSA's chief information officer is the principal advisor to the administrator and all GSA offices on information technology and its potential for improving customer service and the performance of GSA's operations. The CIO leads governance of IT investments, aligning corporate and business line investments to achieve maximum effectiveness and efficiency, in addition to operating the agency's core IT infrastructure.

Over the past 20 years, and prior to coming to GSA, Piatt acquired broad IT experience serving in the public and private sectors in the US and overseas. In the private sector he was the General Manager of the North American operations of the Swiss medical robotics firm, Tecan. He was IBM's Account Marketing Representative for Schering Plough and he directed sector assessments and the development of a large distributed database for USAID's support for entrepreneurial development in Africa.

Piatt joined GSA in mid-February 1999 as the CIO for the Public Building Service, where he helped implement the innovative Systems Development Center for application software. Barram promoted him to the position of overall agency CIO in mid-June 1999. In this role he led a number of agency initiatives, from Y2K preparations to GSA's focus on becoming an effective E-business. Additionally, he served on the CIO Council's Executive Committee, successively as co-chair of the Capital Planning and then the Enterprise Interoperability and Emerging IT committees. Since January he had the additional responsibility of Executive in Charge for the FirstGov project.

Prior to joining GSA, Piatt was the CIO and Associate Director for Management at the Peace Corps. He earlier held the positions of Country Director in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Togo. He had also been a Volunteer, responsible for building elementary schools in rural Togo.