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FCW : October 30, 2013
October 30, 2013 FCW.COM 33 at the Of ce of Management and Budget helped broaden her vision and understanding. "I never thought my rst job working at a tier 1 help desk would eventually lead to working on IT projects that can and have made an impact on the Army community," she said. "It s amazing to see how IT is changing the way the govern- ment does business and makes use of the latest technologies." --- Amber Corrin Paul Reynolds As senior information architect at the Department of Homeland Security, Paul Reynolds is a critical conduit between federal civilian agencies that generate huge vol- umes of data and the intelligence community, which is the major consumer of that data. Reynolds managers and associ- ates say he has developed ways to use big-data techniques and core data management practices to increase the timeliness and quality of the data in the government s Information Sharing Environment. Ask Reynolds what he does, however, and he will give a more straightforward answer. Helping the federal government deal with big data "is like watching someone get hit with the water from a re hose. I have to gure out what to do with all that water." According to those who work with him, his efforts have helped the intelligence community protect civil liberties and helped DHS enhance its counterterrorism- screening capabilities --- not an easy combination. "Paul is helping to develop the tools and capabilities for improved data aggregation across the Infor- mation Sharing Environment," said Charles Bartoldus, senior director of transborder information sharing and safeguarding for the White House s National Security Staff. But Reynolds also knows how to handle competing mission priorities. "The government s vision for the future of data aggregation systems is a new way of thinking," said Kshemendra Paul, program man- ager for the Information Sharing Environment at the Of ce of the Director of National Intelligence. "The data aggregation community is feeling the impact of budgetary constraints. The development of new projects is competing with mission priorities, leading to fewer technical resources available for transformation projects. Paul deftly navigates this terrain." Reynolds colleagues say he combines an enthusiasm for what he does with a dogged attention to detail and an ability to wring con- sensus from a complicated group of stakeholders. Reynolds might have honed that good-humored persistence while helping to homeschool his two children. He said he s contem- plating how to apply some of the concepts he s teaching his chil- dren, such as logic and math, to improving the way data is shared in government. --- Mark Rockwell Marlene C. Roush In addition to being a cyber data scientist at SAIC, Marlene Roush also teaches math at the Commu- nity College of Baltimore County. She started working there dur- ing graduate school and said she enjoys showing students who aren t in the math eld how they can use it in their careers. Roush said she also nds herself playing teacher outside the lecture halls when she is developing and optimizing analytics for SAIC. "Most of the projects that I ve worked on, it ll be just one math or statistics person and so you end up teaching other people or reminding them" of a class they took a long time ago, she said. "But they don t necessarily remember all of the details and the nuances you have to be careful with when you re dealing with mixed datasets." Roush, however, does remem- ber and understand those details. She studied applied mathematics at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and now uses numbers to counter cyberattacks in the intelligence and nancial communities. "It s really using a lot of the knowledge that I have about how to manipulate data and really searching data to nd the interest- ing nuggets," she said. Those nuggets allow Roush to
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