NASA chooses Diaz to lead IT consolidation project

Diaz left U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to work for NASA CIO Linda Cureton

Deborah Diaz, formerly at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, will lead NASA's information technology consolidation project, which is expected to cost more than $4 billion, a NASA official confirmed today.

Diaz will serve as NASA’s program director for the Information Technology Infrastructure Integration Program, NASA Chief Information Officer Linda Cureton said. Diaz will also serve as NASA’s acting associate CIO for architecture and infrastructure.

She made the switch this week, according to a report on the “DorobekInsider” blog.

NASA plans to award five contracts as part of the new IT infrastructure program in an effort to consolidate the agency's IT and data services. The contracts are estimated to be worth $4.3 billion, according to market research firm Input.

The program will consolidate current NASA contracts, including the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA and Unified NASA IT Services.

Diaz became deputy CIO at USPTO in 2007. Previously, she served as CIO at the Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology Directorate.

At DHS, she oversaw programs and an IT infrastructure worth about $1 billion and served as the senior adviser on IT interoperability and biometric, geospatial and wireless technologies.

Diaz also provided executive leadership for the President’s Management Council by helping to create a governmentwide Web portal and coordinate several e-government initiatives, according to USPTO.

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Reader comments

Mon, Dec 7, 2009

There's no "political appointment" aspect to this. Diaz is a career SES, not a political appointee. Also, I will not contradict any of the condemnations the first poster made about the IT program at USPTO, but I would not use them as a condemnation of Diaz. Anyone who has worked there and has significant internal knowledge of he organization could likely tell you that part of her reasoning for the move was probably linked to being treated as an outsider who was never given any real level of control over any significant IT initiatives. My 2 cents.

Mon, Dec 7, 2009 Randy Williams

What if you're a SDVOSB with good solid past performances in IT Security, specifically C&A Security work. How do you get involved with some of the larger players when your company may be smaller than 9 million.

Mon, Dec 7, 2009

I see this alot in the Federal Government, and i saw political appointments in the military as well especially among high ranking officers, that had no clue how to manage people and resources, many times with catastrophic outcomes.

Mon, Dec 7, 2009

USPTO Infrastructure program was a sham. USPTO's CIO took awards for the project (especially Virtualization) that was poorly run and atrocious amount of money ill spent. These appointments are more political than basing on the real abilities of people with capacity to solve problems. There was no convincing Enterprise Transition Plan published by USPTO for all the investements under the tenure of Diaz.

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