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John Anthony Weiler (born January 10, 1954) is an American lobbyist and businessman. Weller is the founder and executive director of lobbying consultancy firm Interoperability Clearinghouse, known as ICH.[1] Weller is also the acting Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of IT acquisition think tank, Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council, known as IT-AAC.[2]

In recent years, Weiler has criticized the US government’s approach to the tendering process and acquisition of IT contracts, specifically those in the IT defense industry.[3][4][5][6] Recently, Weiler has been an outspoken critic of the government's transparency toward defense contract bids, in particular, criticizing Project Jedi, the major Department of Defense cloud contract.[7][8]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Weiler was born in Maryland. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland.

Business Activity[edit | edit source]

Weiler founded Interoperability Clearinghouse, known as ICH, in 1997, a not-for-profit organization that provides lobbying services for commercial technology companies looking to win government contracts. He acts as the chief executive officer and executive director for ICH. According to news outlet InfoWorld, ICH was organized to be an “online knowledge base of industry standards, product specifications and examples of government IT systems implementations”. According to its website, ICH advisors consist of several former Department of Defense employees, representatives of major technology companies, and several individuals still currently employed by the US Government.[9]

Weiler is currently the chief executive officer of the Information Technology Acquisition Advisory Council, IT-AAC, a part of ICH. IT-AAC is a partnership of public and private sector group that advises commercial technology entities.

Weiler is also the founder of Integrated Design Ltd, a freelance graphic design business founded in 2008.

Since 1996, Weiler has been a member of AFCEA International. Weiler has previously served as a representative for the Intelligence and National Security Alliance from 2010 to 2013. Weiler is a recipient of the 2012 United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) award.

Controversies[edit | edit source]

In May 2018, Weiler was served a ‘cease and desist’ letter by the US Department of Defense. The letter stated that “the “Defense Digital Service (DDS) team feel harassed by the insistent calls and messages they are receiving from you [Weiler], including on their personal phones and accounts”.[10]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "INTEROPERABILITY CLEARINGHOUSE". www.ichnet.org. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 
  2. "IT Acquisition Advisory Council". www.it-aac.org. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 
  3. "Pentagon cloud steering group's support contract under protest". InsideDefense.com. 2018-02-07. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  4. "Big Tech firms march to the beat of Pentagon, CIA despite dissension". McClatchy Washington Bureau. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  5. Weaver, Dustin (2018-04-05). "Amid Trump attacks, Amazon competes for lucrative DOD contract". TheHill. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  6. "Army spent $5B on failed technology created by vets". New York Post. 2014-10-27. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  7. "Big Tech firms march to the beat of Pentagon, CIA despite dissension". Bellingham Herald Newspaper. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  8. "Why Is Trump's Executive Order Boosting CIOs Needed When There's FITARA?". Government CIO Media. Retrieved 2018-06-04. 
  9. "IT Acquisition Advisory Council". www.it-aac.org. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 
  10. "Defense Digital Service's 'cease and desist' letter to industry group symptom of larger communications problems". FederalNewsRadio.com. 2018-05-07. Retrieved 2018-06-03. 

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