Doing Business With the United States Agency for International Development
Information about USAID<@VM>The CIO file: John Streufert
- By Evamarie C. Socha
- Jun 05, 2003
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20523
Nov. 3, 1961Administrator:
About 6,910, serving as civil servants and foreign service officers and nationalsWhat it does:
USAID, as it's commonly known, is an independent federal agency. It provides economic and humanitarian help to nations throughout the world in support of U.S. foreign policy. Among its efforts, the agency recently awarded $10 million to the World Heath Organization to strengthen the health system in Iraq, and announced an initiative to rebuild the educational infrastructure in Afghanistan for $60 million.Major subagencies:
About 85 offices worldwide. A list may be found at www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp/osdbu/guide10a.htm
. Major organization units are called bureaus; USAID has four geographic bureaus (Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia), three functional bureaus and three headquarters bureaus.The Web site
Doing business with USAID is all there at www.usaid.gov/procurement_bus_opp
. I found it easily on the homepage under the heading "how." Why can't it be this easy to find this information on all Web sites? Besides being right there for you, the Web site thoroughly explains important info on procurements, procedures for small business, preparing proposals and the like.
Deputy chief information
officer for operations, and agency information systems security officerTook the job:
"Deputy CIO for Operations is a newly created position, with many duties similar to those I have performed as director of information resources management since July 1997. For the past year and a half, I've been the information systems security officer."Hometown:
Seward, Neb. Home now:
Wife Debbie, three sonsHobbies:
A "rowing dad," has spent the last few weekends in Philadelphia attending regattas. Also enjoys cooking and landscaping.Last book read:
"Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War" by Robert Coram
Reading now: "The One to One Field Book: The Complete Toolkit for Implementing a One to One Marketing Program" by Don Peppers, Martha and Bob DorfAlma mater:
Master's degree in public affairs, Maxwell School of Syracuse University; Bachelor of arts degree, St. Olaf CollegeWT: USAID has a lot on its plate with Iraq. What has this called for from the technology arm of the agency?
Streufert: There has been some limited support for administrative applications and telecommunications. WT: Are your technology needs different from the typical tech needs of an agency?
Streufert: The quality and reliability of electrical power as well as host-country-managed telecommunications is a problem in most of the developing countries we operate in. Not all Web applications that function in the United States will work at our overseas missions, because of circuit interruptions and latency in satellite communications. [Also,] much of USAID's work in developing countries is done by private voluntary and nongovernmental organizations, which calls for the best telecommunications and Internet support we can get.WT: What do you look for in companies with which you are thinking of doing business?
Streufert: Financial and acquisition systems experience is a top priority for applications initiatives. Firms with key officials that have program management certification, and experience in bidding companies to automate operational processes, such as software distribution.WT: A year from now, where do you see USAID's technology capabilities?
Streufert: Broad-scale collaboration with the State Department on financial and acquisition systems; further integration of networks with the State Department; implementing electronic vouchering; expanding automated software distribution; wider implementation of [the Office of Management and Budget's] e-Authentication initiative.