Government executives encourage agencies to document enterprise-wide IT strategies in advance of new 2009 administration

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    CGI-GMU Initiative for Collaborative Government Event Highlights
    Key Factors for Maximizing Mission Value from Enterprise-wide IT

    FAIRFAX, VA, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - In a recent meeting sponsored by the
CGI-GMU Initiative for Collaborative Government, a joint public policy
initiative by CGI (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:   GIB) and George Mason University, senior
executives from across the federal government and industry leaders outlined
the success factors for the consolidation of IT services and encouraged other
federal leaders to act now to document their enterprise-wide IT management
strategy in advance of the next Administration.
    To kick-off the meeting, featured guest speaker John Kost, Group
Vice-President, Gartner CIO Research Worldwide, presented a "Checklist for
Success" for IT consolidation that emphasized the importance of active
governance and leadership engagement, as well as the need to define a clear
motive, scope and end vision for enterprise-wide IT initiatives. Following
Mr. Kost, Molly O'Neil, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and Henry Chao, Chief Technical Officer, Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services, shared approaches that their agencies have taken
to successfully optimize agency-wide use of IT in support of mission
    Government executives at the CGI-GMU seminar stressed the importance of
documenting agencies' enterprise-wide IT strategies in advance of January
2009. They recommended focusing IT strategies on defining the mission results
to be achieved, with IT investments described in the context of how they
support the mission outcome. The federal executives also highlighted the need
to educate leaders throughout the agency on the benefits of managing IT across
the agency, and how business decisions can affect the IT infrastructure.
    "Every consolidation decision impacts the technology infrastructure, and
without education of senior management, you won't get to where you need to be
when you try to consolidate the agency's IT infrastructure," said EPA's
O'Neil. "You need to have direct, honest explanations to promote understanding
and trust." Chao added that it is important to determine the exact processes
that are being consolidated and determine the end result desired before
starting to reduce the IT infrastructure.

    About the CGI-GMU Initiative for Collaborative Government

    Created in January of 2008 by CGI Federal and George Mason University,
the mission of the CGI-GMU Initiative for Collaborative Government is to
analyze models of collaboration between government and the private and
non-profit sectors, and how the government can best leverage these models to
maximize mission results. For more information about the Initiative for
Collaborative Government, please visit the Initiative at

    About CGI Federal

    CGI Federal (\usfederal) is a wholly-owned U.S. operating
subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., dedicated to providing effective IT solutions
for federal government agencies by combining over 30 years of government
experience and technology skills. Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of
the largest independent information technology and business process services
firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately
27,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services
to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia
Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and
India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $3.8 billion and at March 31st,
2008, CGI's order backlog was $12.04 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX
(GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as
well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website:

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