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Subject: CIO Council--Some Not so Good News

Hi Folks,

I thought I would send along an FCW News item:

Bush rescinds order that created CIO Council

I'm sure you can draw your own conclusions. Definitely Unwonderful. 
Now, lessee, in whose interests would it be for Executive Branch CIOs 
to be unable to communicate regularly across agency boundaries? 
Hmmmnnnnn. I wonder if this is linked to recent developments like the 
closing of the FEAPMO, Federal Enterprise Architecture Program 
Management Office, in favor of CORE.gov?

Who needs enterprise-wide, branch-wide thinking, when you can 
concentrate on a bunch of nifty gadget-features called components? 
Who cares if they are compatible? Who cares if they support open 
standards? Who cares if they steal taxpayers blind?

They're really, really cool features. Just sign right here and take 
ownership of the whole pig,lipstick and all. Oh, by the way, we'll be 
making this obsolete next year, but don't worry, we'll have a whole 
buncha new features, just look em up in that there list. Don't worry 
about how to connect em all up. We'll take care of that next year, 
too, for just a few bucks more, of course.

Methinks we need to find ways to shine some light into some back 
rooms and turn over a few rocks to see what crawls out from 
underneath. Can anyone say Enron?

Rex Brooks
President, CEO
Starbourne Communications Design
GeoAddress: 1361-A Addison
Berkeley, CA 94702
Tel: 510-849-2309

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