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CGI and George Mason University announce Initiative for Collaborative Government
Apr 18, 2008 (08:04 AM EDT)


FAIRFAX, VA, April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CGI Federal, Inc., a wholly-owned U.S. operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc., and (GMU) today announced a new joint program, the Initiative for Collaborative Government. It's mission 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.

"Collaboration and the networks, partnerships, and relationships that underlie them have become prominent elements of governance at the federal, state and local levels in the U.S. and abroad," said Dr. Paul Posner, Director, Master of Public Administration Program, , and Co-Director of the Initiative. "The past two decades have seen recognition of the many ways to serve public purposes through cooperation and collaboration among agents of government, industry and nonprofits, as well as citizens and stakeholder groups."

"Government today collaborates with the private and non-profit sector in executing a broad range of mission and administrative functions," said Andrew McLauchlin, Co-Director of the Initiative and Executive Consultant at CGI. "Specific examples of "collaborative government" include mature solution approaches such as service acquirer-provider relationships, public-private partnerships and cross-jurisdiction data exchanges, just to name a few. The Initiative is focused on helping federal government agencies capitalize on collaborative government models to enhance mission results."

To this end, the Initiative has commissioned four cutting-edge research projects to be completed in 2008 on collaborative government to be undertaken by faculty. These projects include papers on: Developing Jobs for Americans Through "Onshoring"; Applying Collaborative Government Strategies to Maximize Mission Impact; Building Partnerships in Professional Services. These projects are scheduled for release over the summer of 2008.

In addition, the Initiative will host a 2008 series of events on "Collaboration: An Effective Tool for Government Executives." These events will provide public-sector, private sector and non-profit leaders a forum for discussing mission challenges and potential collaborative government solutions. The events will be held May 15th, June 18th, and July 22nd and focus on the following topics: Managing Effective Collaboration with Multiple Service Providers; Maximizing Mission Value from Enterprise-wide IT; Enhancing Mission Results Through Information Collaboration.

For more information about the Initiative for Collaborative Government, please visit the Initiative at www.collaborativegov.org .

About CGI Federal

CGI Federal (www.cgi.com\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 26,500 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 $3.7 billion and at December 31st, 2007, CGI's order backlog was $12.04 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) an are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com .

CONTACT: Peter Cutler, Director, Communications, (703) 633-8973, peter.cutler@cgifederal.com