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FCW : April 15, 2016
48 April 15, 2016 FCW.COM LISA SCHLOSSER Deputy Administrator Office of E-Government and Information Technology Office of Management and Budget Low profile, high impact. Federal CIO Tony Scott got most of the headlines in 2015 for pushing several important reforms. Yet vir- tually all of them benefitted from Schloss- er’s deep expertise and behind-the-scenes efforts. From implementation guidance for the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, the cybersecurity sprint and the Federal IT Cost Commission to the basic blocking and tackling of agency IT management, Schlosser — who has since been detailed to the Office of Personnel Management to strengthen IT operations there — served as a linchpin in a very busy year. GRANT SCHNEIDER Cybersecurity Adviser to the Federal Chief Information Officer Office of Management and Budget The cyber go-to guy. Schneider had a busy 2015. After seven years as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s CIO, he came to the White House to advise Federal CIO Tony Scott and help establish OMB’s new E-Gov Cyber and National Security Unit. Then after the Office of Personnel Man- agement was breached, he was detailed to to help acting OPM Director Beth Cobert put that agency on a secure cyber footing. Schneider’s name has been mentioned for the new federal chief information security officer position, but regardless of his next job title, he seems certain to remain in the thick of federal cybersecurity efforts. CHAD F. SHERIDAN Chief Information Officer Risk Management Agency Agriculture Department Making connections. Sheridan has been modernizing IT at USDA’s Risk Manage- ment Agency since he took over as CIO in 2011, but in 2015 things kicked into high gear. His DevOps approach helped land the agency’s first production platform-as-a- service business application, a key support in USDA’s efforts to take advantage of cloud technology and streamline systems between its component agencies. Sheridan also found time to connect with people outside RMA, headlining events and co-chairing USDA’s CIO Council. “If you could personify excellence in federal IT, it would be Chad Sheridan,” RMA Associate Administrator Michael Alston said. R. CARL “SHOF” SHOFNER Program Executive Officer for Business and Enterprise Systems Department of the Air Force Budget hawk. The Defense Department is always trying to make maintaining its massive IT footprint more affordable, and Shofner has been the point man for doing that at the Air Force. The business and enterprise systems portfolio Shofner over- sees covers more than 1,800 employees and a $1.1 billion budget. He set up the Air Force’s first IT business analytics unit, which divided spending into IT categories and provides data to help officials better understand savings and efficiencies. Some of the decisions are common sense, and Shofner believes there’s no reason to buy new gear when the old stuff works just fine. PAWAN SINGH Principal Deloitte Analytics implementer. In partnership with the Defense Health Agency, Singh man- aged the development and delivery of the SEMOSS analytics platform, which allows users to link data sources across locations and visualize complex data in an interac- tive format. The system has generated millions in savings or cost avoidance by highlighting which investments or tech- nologies best support high-quality health care. His passion for innovation and belief in amplifying intelligence through open data inspired the decision to partner with the government and launch SEMOSS as an open-source solution. Multiple federal agencies are now using the platform to understand and resolve mission-critical issues. LISA SCHLOSSER GRANT SCHNEIDER CHAD F. SHERIDAN R. CARL “SHOF” SHOFNER PAWA N SINGH 0415fcw_026-055.indd 48 3/23/16 4:22 PM
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