Each year, the Fed 100 award recognizes and celebrates government and industry leaders who have played pivotal roles in the federal government IT community. This veritable list of “who’s who” in government technology reinforces how innovation is the backbone for federal/state and local mission success.
This is why it’s no surprise that executives from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continually top the Fed 100 list. To help shine a light on innovation efforts at DHS, below we are spotlighting all of the Fed 100 winners from the agency:
- Peter Fitzhugh, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Immigration and Customs Enforcement at DHS: Fitzhugh brought ICE’s case management system out of an era of frozen data by modernizing a 30-year-old mainframe system that handled more than 2 million transactions per day. Read more here.
- Chip Fulghum, Deputy Undersecretary for Management and Chief Financial Officer at DHS: In 2016, Fulghum oversaw all aspects of the department’s management programs, including financial, human capital, IT, procurement, security and asset management. Read more here.
- Matt Hartman, Deputy Program Manager, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation at DHS: Hartman, who is responsible for managing the $4 billion CDM program, ensured that by the end of 2016 tools and services were available to 70 federal agencies so they can detect vulnerabilities and prioritize the associated risks. Read more here.
- Michael Hermus, CTO at DHS: Collaborating with stakeholders across DHS, Hermus led a groundbreaking initiative to transform IT acquisition and oversight processes to be agile and rely on best practices. Read more here.
- Kosta Kalpos, Senior Adviser, Cybersecurity at DHS: Kalpos has taken DHS’ Einstein 3 Accelerated to new heights by expanding adoption of the network defense system from 25 percent of the .gov enterprise in 2015 to more than 90 percent in 2016. Read more here.
- Rob Karas, Director, National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services at DHS: Among other things, Karas and his team conducted 53 penetration tests on high-value government assets in 100 days. Read more here.
- Sridhar Kowdley, Program Manager, Office for Interoperability and Compatibility, First Responders Group at DHS: In response to reports of jamming techniques being used to deliberately interfere with first responder communications, Kowdley led an electronic jamming exercise at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Read more here.
- Douglas Maughan, Director, Cyber Security Division, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at DHS: Maughan focuses on developing cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions, and has guided more than 40 information security products to market, and as executive director of DHS’ Silicon Valley Innovation Program. Read more here.
- Jim McLaughlin, Executive Director, Targeting and Analysis Systems Program Directorate, Customs and Border Protection at DHS: McLaughlin led the effort to build coalitions across federal agencies to use data and analytics to ensure the safety of international trade and the traveling public. Read more here.
- Yemi B. Oshinnaiye, Division Chief, Enterprise Infrastructure Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at DHS: Oshinnaiye has been an integral part of USCIS’ efforts to digitize the legal immigration process. Read more here.
- Phyllis Schneck, Former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate at DHS: Schneck’sprivate-sector technical and leadership background was a key asset as she led the integration of DHS’ cybersecurity activities, and provided sound advice to cybersecurity offices throughout government. Read more here.
- Jaclyn Smyth, Director, Strategic Sourcing Program Office at DHS: Smyth’s team consistently provide solutions that achieve significant savings for taxpayers, promote standardized products and services for users, and ensure that DHS remains mission-ready. Read more here.
- Preston Werntz, Senior Strategist for Analysis and Operations, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at DHS: Werntz was instrumental in establishing the Automated Indicator Sharing platform for sharing real-time, bidirectional, cyberthreat intelligence between the federal government and private-sector entities. Read more here.
- Nicole Willis, Director of Enterprise Architecture Planning and Implementation, Office of the CIO at DHS: Willis delivered the enterprise architecture support needed to stand up the Joint Requirements Council as a DHS-wide clearinghouse for all new enterprise requirements, and then crafted a new Capabilities and Activities List to help standardize those requirements across the department. Read more here.
For topping the 2017 Fed 100 list, we are naming all of these DHS executives as this week’s GovTransformers. Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.