Former OMB chief architect Haycock to retire

Bob Haycock, whose 30 years in government include time as the Office of Management and Budget’s first chief architect, is retiring Jan. 3.

Haycock, now chief architect for the Interior Department’s National Business Center in Denver, said he will take a vacation to Hawaii with his wife and then decide what comes next.

“It is just time to move on,” he said. “Thirty years is a long time, and I want to spend more time with my wife, who has some health issues.”

Haycock said he was most proud of his work as OMB’s chief architect, where he worked for about two years.

“That was the best job I ever had,” he said. “I feel like we changed government a little bit, which few people can attempt … let alone get some stuff done. Coming out of Denver, I hadn’t been working with folks back in D.C. It was a real challenge, and I had a good time.”

Haycock also worked with OMB on the Quicksilver initiative, where a group of federal executives culled 300 possible e-government projects to 25.

During his time at OMB, Haycock, who was known for his calm demeanor and soft-spoken way, helped advance the Federal Enterprise Architecture by moving the Data Reference Model forward and by pushing for solution architects for all 25 e-government projects. He also helped agencies better use the FEA reference models and ushered FEA through the revision of the Business Reference Model and the first versions of the Performance, Technical and Service Component reference models.

Haycock started his federal career with seven years at the Agriculture Department as a personnel officer. He then moved to Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation as head of employee and labor relations. He ventured into IT with the bureau in 1986 and worked his way up to deputy CIO in 1995. He stayed there for eight years before coming to OMB.

After leaving OMB, Haycock was CIO and then deputy CIO for NBC before moving to chief architect.

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