Doing Business With Army Corps of Engineers
Info about Army Corps of Engineers<@VM>The CIO file: Wilbur Berrios
- By Evamarie C. Socha
- Apr 03, 2003
Army Corps of Engineers
441 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20314
Lt. Gen. Robert FlowersEmployees:
34,600 civilian, 650 militaryWhat it does:
This agency of military and civilian engineers, scientists and specialists provides engineering services to the nation. This includes planning, building and operating water resources and civil works projects; and designing and managing construction of Army and Air Force facilities and for other defense and federal agencies.Major subagencies:
A veritable laundry list. Eight divisions, or regional business centers, throughout the United States. Forty-one district offices in the United States, Asia and Europe; field offices worldwide. Eight laboratories nationwide, such as the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory and the Information Technology Laboratory, both in Vicksburg, Miss. Two centers: the Huntsville Army Engineering and Support Center in Alabama and the Transatlantic Programs Center in Winchester, Va.; five field operating activities, such as the Marine Design Center in Philadelphia and the Institute for Water Resources in Alexandria, Va. The Web site
The agency's Web site is awesome. It made me want to hug them. I found everything I need quickly and with little hunting. Things are in logical places. A "doing business with us" link (http://www.usace.army.mil/business.html
) tells you everything from how to go about business to what is available.
J Adam Fenster
Chief information officerTook the job:
Oct. 24, 1999Hometown:
Born in New York, lived in the Bronx for a while.Home now:
Wife; one son, 7, and one daughter, 2. Hobbies:
Golf, reading, going out to restaurantsLast book read:
"Leading the Revolution: How to Thrive in Turbulent Times by Making Innovation a Way of Life" by Gary Hamel Alma mater:
Bachelor's degree in education from the University of Puerto Rico. Master's degree in management science from Webster College. As undergraduate, was member of Army ROTC. Commissioned in 1976, retired as a captain. Retired from Army Reserve in 2002 as a lieutenant colonel. WT: What are the main technology needs of your agency?
Berrios: We want to continue producing products and services cheaper and better in support to the nation, and to do that, we have to look at how we leverage everything in terms of resources and expertise. Although IT is not our core competency, it is definitely a critical mechanism to achieve this. So we're looking very hard at how to modify and evolve the architecture to meet those challenges. WT: What do you look for in companies with which you are thinking of doing business?
Berrios: I look for companies that can think more of enterprise-level solutions vs. very decentralized-level solutions. When I look at the services being provided traditionally in government today, they mimic what's happened 10 years ago: highly decentralized, repetitive type operations. And I don't think they're leveraging the product lines that are out there. So when I'm looking for a vendor, it's someone who's able to walk in and say there are some economies of scale, some efficiencies you could achieve here if you move toward the following, and here's how we'll help you get there. WT: A year from now, where do you see the corps' technology capabilities?
Berrios: Our ability to access information will increase tremendously, yet still in a very secure mode. Today we're somewhat restricted in how we access our intranet or our network, but in the future we'll leverage virtual private network and Internet appliances, so we can access our network from wherever we wish, not only the particular mission-critical modules, regardless of where we are.