Federal 100: Jim Rinaldi

Jim Rinaldi
CIO
Jet Propulsion Lab
NASA

Jim Rinaldi oversees all the IT initiatives at the Jet Propulsion Lab, which is the lead U.S. center for robotic exploration of the solar system and currently operates 28 spacecraft and instruments in space.

He is a gifted manager who has created an IT organization with a consulting bent.

“Jim set out to create a world-class IT organization, and he is doing that,” said Tom Soderstrom, chief technology officer for IT at the lab. “It is a consulting relationship with the customer as opposed to we provide the IT structure and they use it. That is the real key, that we win the customers one at a time. He challenges everybody and makes them want to come to work.”

Read more about the 2011 Federal 100 award winners.

About the Author

Dan Rowinski is a staff reporter covering communications technologies.

Featured

  • Telecommunications
    Stock photo ID: 658810513 By asharkyu

    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.