Architecture expert heads to Air Force

Customs: Building an Enterprise Architecture framework

Rob Thomas II, who is widely credited with spearheading the government's efforts to build enterprise architectures, is leaving the Customs Service to become the Air Force's director of architecture and interoperability.

Thomas will serve as the senior civilian for the Air Force Communications and Information functional community. He will serve as the technical manager for the Air Force deputy chief of staff for communications and information.

Thomas served as director of Customs' Technology and Architecture Group and is widely recognized for his work developing enterprise architectures. Specifically, Customs has been hailed for setting up and using an enterprise architecture for its systems development. An enterprise architecture is a plan to streamline and standardize computer systems within an agency with common hardware and software.

Thomas was honored this year as one of Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 award winners because of his leadership of the CIO Council's Enterprise Interoperability and Emerging IT Federal Architecture Working Group.

He also helped the Department of Housing and Urban Development create a Web-based system for maintaining the agency's enterprise architecture. It helps the organization track its current systems, its plans for future systems and the standards that govern how systems interoperate.

Thomas will start his work at the Air Force on Aug. 20.

About the Author

Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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