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Energy gets new CIO in July

Robert Brese is the Energy Department’s new CIO, according to news reports.

Brese has been the acting CIO at the department since April. InformationWeek reported June 19 that he takes on the official title July 1.

Before becoming deputy CIO at Energy in 2010, Brese was deputy CIO for IT for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

He was also a submarine officer in the Navy. He retired after a 22-year career, which culminated in his assignment as a senior advisor to the deputy administrator for defense programs within NNSA.

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jun 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Are you an innovator? Tweet the federal CIO or CTO.

Think it takes all sorts of wrangling with public affairs folks to connect with a senior government official? Not if you’re trying to talk to the federal CTO or CIO.

Addressing an audience at FedScoop’s June 20 U.S. Innovation Summit on how to unleash the power of digital government, federal CTO Todd Park and colleague federal CIO Steven VanRoekel urged citizens, feds and industry alike to reach out to them about data initiatives and ideas around innovation.

“If you’re a developer or know developers or people ... who have great ideas, not only let us know but start working with this stuff,” VanRoekel said. “Work with your favorite agencies on saying, ‘hey, if this data was unlocked, I can do this amazing thing.’ We want to hear about those things.”

VanRoekel urged people to tweet both him (@stevenvDC) and Park (@todd_park) to share ideas and insight.

Those who want to make a difference and help grow the U.S. economy as well as foster innovation should look at healthdata.gov and similar data initiatives “and come up with brilliant ideas” and then submit their prototypes and platforms for consideration to be exhibited at upcoming “datapaloozas,” Park said.

Park also welcomed constructive criticism around the different federal data initiatives, saying the only way to improve government information is to get feedback from users.

“You can actually both tweet us or, if you like, email me directly at tpark@ostp.eop.gov,” he said. “If you’ve heard me speak before, you know that I read my own email and [follow] protocol which is that if I don’t get back to you in 72 hours, please reply with ‘You idiot’ and I’ll search and reply.”

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Jun 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Grant Thornton taps former fed to lead global public sector practice

Management consulting firm Grant Thornton LLP has announced a new global public sector managing principal, effective Aug. 1.

Srikant Sastry was named to the senior position of the Alexandria, Va-based practice that provides financial, performance management and systems solutions to governments and international organizations. Sastry replaces Hank Steininger, who is stepping down after 18 years with the firm.

Sastry currently leads Grant Thornton’s GPS Advisory Service Line and was recently appointed chair of Grant Thornton International’s Public Sector Strategy Group. In his federal service that spans 25 years, Sastry led activity-based cost management, budget and performance improvement projects for departments including Energy, Commerce, Labor, Interior, Agriculture and Treasury.

Before joining Grant Thornton, Sastry served in leadership roles for government cost and performance management practices at IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. His career began in budget formulation and cost management at the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Management and Budget, and the Internal Revenue Service.

“I am confident that Srikant is the right person to build on the significant foundation and legacy that has been developed under the leadership of Hank Steininger,” said Lou Grabowsky, Grant Thornton’s chief operating officer. “Srikant’s demonstrated leadership, including the expansion of our GPS Cost and Performance Management group, is sure to take the practice and our firm to new heights.”

Posted by FCW Staff on Jun 19, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments