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Kathleen Druitt: Bridging the gap between recovery act initiatives

Name: Kathleen Druitt (pronounced DREW-it)

Age: Never ask a lady

Organization: Currently detailed to the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, known as the Recovery Board; Home agency: Transportation Security Administration

Title: Current detail: System Manager/Project Manager at the Recovery Board; Permanent: Project Manager/Contracting Officer's Technical Representative at TSA

Nominated for: Leading the implementation and operation of Recovery.gov and FederalReporting.gov. She installed a management framework that supported multiagency planning and decision-making, and she developed an innovative, agile portfolio dashboard that continues to be used to direct resources and manage risk. Before the launch deadline of Oct. 30, 2009, she organized end-to-end testing of the two sites to ensure their successful integration.

First IT mentor: My first IT mentor was my father, who was a physicist at NASA in charge of the Space Technology Branch at Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, Va. He taught me many things, but probably the most valuable lessons he taught me were about leadership through service to others.

Latest accomplishment on the job: As the launch of the FederalReporting.gov and Recovery.gov systems was only weeks away, I recognized that no end-to-end testing had been performed to ensure that the Recovery Board's two systems were integrated appropriately to ensure successful information transmission. As a result, I acted as a systems integrator and test manager to ensure that the two systems were interoperable. I worked with the teams and a third party to develop applicable test data and test plans, and I coordinated the activities of the two systems' teams to ensure the test could be performed and the results analyzed prior to deployment. The team and I worked seven days a week, more than 18 hours a day, for more than two weeks to ensure the test evaluated the two systems’ communication methods as well as the ability of Recovery.gov to effectively consume data from FederalReporting.gov.

Career highlight: Based on the requirements of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Recovery Board initiated a historic drive toward accountability and transparency through its Web sites: Recovery.gov and FederalReporting.gov. I was detailed to the Recovery Board to act as the chief project officer, leading the implementation and operation of both sites. Facing seemingly impossible time constraints, I worked with an incredible team — composed of Chief Information Officer Jim Warren, Deputy CIO Shawn Kingsberry and contractors Smartronix and CGI Federal — to launch FederalReporting.gov and Recovery.gov by the statutory deadline.

Favorite job-related bookmark: www.flickr.com/groups/recoverydotgov.

Favorite app: Kindle for iPhone.

Dream non-IT-related job: International negotiator, working to create new relationships between businesses in the United States and the People’s Republic of China.

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