Rising Stars

Murtaza Ahmed

Murtaza Ahmed is on a long-term mission to modernize IT at the Environmental Protection Agency. As a senior program manager at Lockheed Martin, he helped EPA move from Lotus Notes email to a cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 suite last year. This year, he helped EPA migrate its collaboration software to a cloud-based SharePoint environment.

And in the past few months, EPA completed a mobile upgrade to iPhones and Windows-based smartphones with his help.

"We definitely want to take EPA to a more mobile workforce concept," Ahmed said, and the move to the cloud for EPA's 24,000 users is almost complete.

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The next challenge is to create a mobile device management tool, set to be in place by January. That sort of large-scale logistical IT project sounds like a full-time job all by itself, but Ahmed's responsibilities extend across 19 EPA programs nationwide. It makes for a very full schedule, but Ahmed credited EPA leaders for pushing such an aggressive agenda.

"They know what they want and where they want to be," he said. "The buy-in they have been able to achieve from across the different regions helps us as a contractor to move forward."


About the Author

Adam Mazmanian is executive editor of FCW.

Before joining the editing team, Mazmanian was an FCW staff writer covering Congress, government-wide technology policy and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to joining FCW, Mazmanian was technology correspondent for National Journal and served in a variety of editorial roles at B2B news service SmartBrief. Mazmanian has contributed reviews and articles to the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, Newsday, New York Press, Architect Magazine and other publications.

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