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Release No: 571-11
July 01, 2011

DOD Announces Information Technology Exchange Program Pilot

                 The Department of Defense announced today the availability to participate in a new pilot program that provides an avenue for information technology professionals to exchange best practices with the private sector. 

                Authorized by the fiscal 2010 National Defense Authorization Act, the Information Technology Exchange Program (ITEP) pilot permits the DoD to assign information technology civilian employees to private sector organizations and to accept information technology employees from the private sector. 

                “The Defense Department recognizes that sharing information and leveraging best practices are critical components of education and continuous learning,” said Teri Takai, DoD Chief Information Officer.  “Under this collaborative learning venture, DoD and private industry organizations have a unique opportunity to share best practices through the exchange of high performing information technology professionals in areas such as service oriented architectures and cyber security.  ITEP provides an opportunity for both industry and DoD to learn from each other -- to enhance employees’ IT competencies and technical skills.” 

                The personnel assignments will be from three months to one year in length.  The first opportunities range from work regarding mobile devices to cloud computing and infrastructure management within the DoD. 

                Interested participants should visit http://cio-nii.defense.gov/sites/itep/ for more information about the ITEP pilot.