The Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC) announced their merger on May 31, 2018.
The merger created two non-profits with similar missions: professional development and collaborative forums for the federal government, academia, and business to discover, discuss, and address emerging technological concerns.
Michelle Barr, HUD; Walter Bigelow, ATF; Adriane Burton, HSRC; Rolando Estrada, DHA; Denise Hill, DOE; Luwanda Jones, VA; Robert Lahmann, SEC; Carlo Lucchesi, FBI; Darryl Peek, DHS; Chad Sheridan, USDA RMA; John Sprague, NASA; and Natasha Varlack, USDA AMS were among the GITEC board members who voted to merge with
GITEC was founded in response to a White House directive issued on June 28, 1966, to offer a venue for senior government and industry executives to communicate and cooperate on information technology (IT) ideas, difficulties, and triumphs in an open environment.
For more than 50 years, GITEC has organized and structured a diverse range of initiatives to focus on critical and opportune issues that affect the direction and future of IT, including executive seminars, task forces, summits, committees, and the annual Information Processing Interagency Conference, which it has hosted for the past 25 years.
GITEC shifted its focus in 2009, marking its 25th anniversary, to represent a new age for IT professionals and a new Administration. The inaugural GITEC Summit was held in March of 2010.
ATARC, like GITEC, branched out beyond its primary purpose.