National Taskforce on IT Meets at George Mason

Posted: February 28, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The national taskforce charged with investigating the availability of a well-trained information technology work force in the United States convenes at George Mason on Feb. 29 in Mason Hall, Room 3. President Alan Merten was appointed by the National Research Council to lead the group.

The taskforce is conducting a 15-month study to examine U.S. work force needs in information technology over the next 10 years. It is examining a range of industries that employ IT workers, the types of jobs held, and the skills and education needed to fill them. Focus groups are being held in Boston and Santa Clara, Calif., and site visits are being held in New York City; Austin, Texas; and Seattle.

Panel discussion topics for tomorrow include the following: “What are the most effective ways of coupling education and training to meet work force needs?” “What are the most effective methods for meeting IT work force needs in a tight labor market?” and “What particular challenges does the federal government face in hiring and maintaining an IT work force?” These panels are open to the public. Following is the schedule.

  • 8:30 a.m., Regional Perspectives: Bill Archey, president and chief executive officer, American Electronic Association; Susan Baker, Northern Virginia Technology Council; Michael Dorio, senior education requirements planner, Lockheed Martin Missions Systems; Archie Prioleau, president, DC Link & Learn; Renee Winsky, Maryland Technology Development Corporation

  • 10:15 a.m., Worker Perspective: Jack Golodner, president, Department of Professional Employees, AFL-CIO; Sue Sherman, director, George Meany Center; Steven Hill, employment training, Communications Workers of America

  • 11:30 a.m., Federal Perspective: James Buckner, chief information officer, HQ Army Materiel Command; Ira Hobbs, chief information officer, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Lee Holcomb, deputy chief information officer, NASA; Fred Thompson, program manager, Department of Treasury; William Valdez, director, Office of Planning and Analysis, Department of Energy; Ernie Paskey, Office of Personnel Management

  • 2 p.m., Perspectives on Temporary Worker Visas: Paul Donnelly, Immigration Reform Coalition; Lindsay Lowell, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown University; Steve Moore, Cato Institute; John Reinert, past president, IEEE-USA

  • 3:30 p.m., Education and Training: David Hunn, Northern Virginia Regional Partnership; Susan Gilbert, D.C. Department of Employment Services; Lynne Gilli, assistant superintendent, Career Technology Education; Lloyd Griffiths, School of Information Technology and Engineering, George Mason University; Patty Keeton, Howard County Community College; Patricia McGuire, president, Trinity College

  • 5 p.m., Hiring/Placement Organizations and Professional Associations: Steve Gallison, Professional Outplacement Assistance Center; John Keaton, IEE Computer Society

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