Click below to view answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.   If there is a question you have that you do not see listed here, please contact Ted Piper at 303.579.6358.  You can also send a general e-mail to ciosummit@thepurg.info.

How do I join WITC?

There is no formal membership or dues WITC. WITC is a non-profit organization classified as an educational forum designed to improve cooperation and communication. This objective is met through regular meetings and annual events that are open to the public and feature experts and subject matter specialists from government (Federal, state or local), industry and academia.

Is WITC affiliated with any other organizations?

WITC is affiliated with the American Council for Technology or ACT (formerly the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils or FGIPC). ACT was originally created by Executive Order of the President of the United States on June 28, 1966, and a congressional resolution contained in H.R 4845, 89th Congress. Today ACT is a not-for-profit corporation established in December 1979 to facilitate and encourage professional communication between organizations of the government information technology (IT) community located across the country, between those organizations and industry, and between those organizations and central management (regulatory and oversight) agencies in Washington, DC. For more information on ACT, visit www.thepurg.info.

What is the Western Forum?

The Western Forum is a yearly event hosted by the WITC with the cooperation of the Western Governor’s Association, the General Services Administration, the Social Security Administration, the University of North Dakota and sponsorship from private industry. Announced as a forum to bring CIOs of the Western United States together with their federal counterparts to discuss topics of mutual interest, the inaugural Summit, held in Aspen, Colorado, was a robust success. Operating in a roundtable format, the Summit addressed wide-ranging topics selected by the CIOs themselves.

What are the current WITC initiatives?

The primary goal of the council is to provide a forum for local, state and federal IT & Telecom managers and technical professionals to:

  • Network with other IT/Telecom professionals
  • Share experiences and lessons learned
  • Coordinate training and seminars targeted to the unique problems of public services
  • Promote efforts to insure a highly qualified work force
  • Work with academic community to improve educational opportunities and curriculum for IT programs
  • Establish relationships between government entities and the private industry community in order to facilitate the exchange of information regarding emerging public sector requirements and the new techniques, tools and products available from industry to address those needs.

What is the Western Information Technology Council (WITC)?

The Information Technology Council of the Intermountain States (ITCIS) was founded in 1994 as a public sector, nonprofit, professional association. In recognition of the sponsorship afforded the ITCIS by the Western Governors Association the name was changed to the Western Information Technology Council (WITC) in September of 2001. With the exception of serving a larger geographic area the purpose of the organization remains the same. That being to improve cooperation, operations and delivery of services at all levels of government by promoting better management and use of information and telecommunications resources, services, and technologies. There are no dues or fees for the public sector to participate. WITC represents IT professionals throughout the west. WITC takes a leadership role in educating industry and government on current trends and developments by creating forum for discussing current topics as well as fostering collaborative relations between state and local government and industry in the western United States. WITC hosts a wide variety of events that are of interest to both the public and private sectors. See our “Events” page for more information.