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Ich hoffe, mein Mail-Client und der Listar-Server arbeiten nun besser=20
MS hires security chief to win federal homeland contracts=20
By John Lettice
Posted: 14/11/2002 at 11:55 GMT

Microsoft has hired a Director of Federal Homeland Security, a job which=20
despite the possibly misleading title involves working for Microsoft while =

dealing with the US government's Office of Homeleland Security, rather=20
than vice versa. Or perhaps not.=20

The occupant is Thomas Richey, formerly with the US coastguard and most=20
recently an adviser to Senator John Kerry. Richey has worked on and off=20
with Kerry for some time, so the Boston Globe tells us, and that=20
relationship could come in handy for Microsoft if Kerry runs for President =

in 2004.=20

Richey will help establish Microsoft "as a strategic partner to the=20
government" in the development of homeland security strategy, says=20
Microsoft, in rather more muted tones than those of the original job ad,=20
which made practically no bones about the job being to lobby determinedly=20
for the use of Microsoft products in homeland security infrastructure. To=20
quote some of our previous piece:=20

The job also involves 'helping' the Office of Homeland Security decide=20
what it is that it's going to ask companies like Microsoft for, before it=20
officially asks. The director will "lead Microsoft's responses to Office=20
of Homeland Security related RFIs and RFPs" but will also "be proactive in =

influencing requirements prior to RFI/RFP stage." We understand this is a=20
process Microsoft has successfully beta-tested with a smaller country's=20
government, also beginning with U.=20

Part and parcel of this proactivity will be to "develop and maintain=20
strong relationships with key influential government executives" and to=20
"establish oneself as a trusted advisor to the Office of Homeland Security =


Go for it, Thomas. =9F


Microsoft taps a Kerry aide

Richey takes lobbyist role in US Homeland Security Department

By Chris Gaither, Globe Staff, 11/14/2002

icrosoft Corp., jostling for a piece of the information-technology=20
windfall expected from the creation of the federal homeland security=20
department, has hired a senior adviser from Senator John F. Kerry to lobby =

for the software giant.=20


Thomas Richey, a former Coast Guard officer, was named Microsoft's federal =

director of homeland security, the company announced yesterday. Working in =

Microsoft's offices in Washington, D.C., Richey will stump for the=20
company's interests as the government builds and integrates computer=20
systems for the $38 billion Department of Homeland Security.

The departure of Richey, who advised the Massachusetts Democrat on issues=20
ranging from economic strategy to homeland defense to health care policy,=20
comes as Kerry is all but certain to run for president in 2004.

Richey said the opportunity to influence the adoption of computer systems=20
in the largest governmental reorganization since 1947, when the United=20
States realigned its military under the Department of Defense and created=20
the National Security Council and Central Intelligence Agency during the=20
earliest years of the Cold War, proved too difficult to turn down.=20

''I see one of the biggest challenges in homeland security as a technology =

challenge,'' he said in an interview yesterday.

With last week's elections shifting more congressional power to the=20
Republicans, legislation authorizing the transfer of 170,000 employees=20
from 22 federal agencies into a new Department of Homeland Defense is=20
expected to pass the lame-duck session of Congress as early as this week.

High-tech companies are lining up to help the new department integrate=20
computer systems from those federal agencies, as well as provide the=20
technologies to help monitor the activities of potential terrorists.

Spending on homeland security technology will grow 20 percent over the=20
next five years, to $12 billion in 2008, according to the Government=20
Electronics & Information Technology Association, a trade group based in=20
Arlington, Va. Richey's job is to ensure that as government officials=20
begin to spend that money, they will first look to Microsoft and its=20
partners for technology products.

The decision to leave Kerry's staff was difficult, he said. But in two=20
years, when the presidential race will be decided, most of the high-tech=20
foundation for homeland defense will have been laid out already. ''Here is =

the very beginning of a groundbreaking department with a groundbreaking=20
responsibility. That's what attracted me,'' he said.=20

Richey first joined Kerry's Washington office in 1995 for two years, as a=20
Coast Guard fellow. He left in 1997 to represent Coast Guard Admiral James =

M. Loy, now head of the Transportation Security Administration, before the =

Senate. Richey retired with the rank of commander in August 2001 and=20
rejoined Kerry's staff as a senior policy adviser, advising Kerry on a=20
wide range of topics and assembling groups of experts for briefings with=20
the senator.

''I know that Tom will be a great asset to Microsoft as they face the=20
great new challenges of how to integrate technology in the efforts to keep =

our homeland safe. I congratulate Tom as he brings his diverse background=20
and skills to this important fight,'' Kerry said in a prepared statement.

Chris Gaither can be reached at gaither -!
- globe -
 com -

This story ran on page C5 of the Boston Globe on 11/14/2002.

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