Title : CIO
Company: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Location: Washington, D.C.
Industry: Federal government
Educational background: Ph.D., Mathematical Statistics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio B.S., Mathematics / Economics, Hampton University, Hampton, Va.
Years in IT: 25 years
Experience: 1998 - present, CIO, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, D.C. 1994 - 1998, director of information resources management, deputy CIO, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 1993 - 1994, northeastern regional program sales executive, Tandem Computers Inc., Washington, D.C. 1975 - 1992, business unit executive, IBM Corp., Washington, D.C.
Other affiliations: Federal CIO Council, member of the executive board Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM), past president National Computer Systems Security and Privacy Advisory Board (CSSPAB), past board member
Career advice: Visualize where you want to be; then put plans in place to make your vision a reality. "If you can see it, you can be it."
Toughest IT challenge: Being a change agent in government, specifically in implementing Clinger-Cohen against cultural biases. Clinger-Cohen, or the "Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996," is the law that establishes the responsibilities of CIOs in the federal government. Among other things, Clinger-Cohen holds CIOs accountable for development of the agency's information technology architecture and for designing plans for hiring and training agency personnel to give them the systems skills they need.
In implementing Clinger-Cohen, we encountered resistance from program managers in the department. They had always been able to decide how to spend their money with no real oversight. We were able to change the process, but it was painful.
Last two books read: Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not, by Robert T. Kiyosaki and Sharon L. Lechter; and Personal History, by Katharine Graham
Favorite vacation: Hawaii and Caribbean Cruises