C1 e-Gov't Unit Debuts as Separate Company

Former DoD deputy CIO to head Commerce One spin-off e-government solutions provider Aquilent

Laurel, MD  March 4, 2002  The e-government unit of e-procurement platform pioneer Commerce One opened for business today as a separate company following a buy-out by a group of the unit's executives.

The new company, Aquilent, will provide strategy consulting, application development, creative design and application hosting services to government customers, according to a statement from the solution provider. Aquilent's offerings include portals, Web-based solutions, e-procurement solutions and scientific applications.

Aquilent customers carrying over from Commerce One include the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), General Services Administration (GSA), United States Postal Service (USPS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Staff at Aquilent created the NAVSEA SeaPort, which the company said was the first successful e-marketplace in the federal sector.

Paul Brubaker, former Commerce One e-government solutions president, will serve as Aquilent's CEO. Brubaker formerly was deputy chief information officer (CIO) for the Department of Defense and previously served as staff director for the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management and District of Columbia, where he worked on the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996. The law, known as the Clinger-Cohen Act, introduced the chief information officer position to the federal government and streamlined the way that the government buys and uses technology.

The Aquilent statement said that the solution provider would maintain a strategic partnership with Commerce One.