2015 Fed 100

Federal 100: Steven VanRoekel

Steven VanRoekel

Name: Steven VanRoekel
Title: Chief Innovation Officer
Agency: U.S. Agency for International Development

Service first. Not everyone was a fan of VanRoekel's stint as federal CIO -- PortfolioStat has only so many enthusiasts -- but behind the scenes, he drove what could prove to be the most disruptive IT effort in years. After the scramble to salvage HealthCare.gov, VanRoekel concluded that similar SWAT teams could improve IT throughout government. The U.S. Digital Service launched in August, and the fiscal 2016 budget aims for a 500-person operation. VanRoekel also proved that the mission comes first: He stepped down as U.S. CIO in September to help USAID address the Ebola epidemic.

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