2016 Fed 100

Federal 100: Beth Cobert

Name: Beth Cobert
Title: Acting Director
Agency: Office of Personnel Management

The crisis manager. Cobert was brought from the Office of Management and Budget to lead OPM after last year's massive data breach. Cross-agency collaboration was already happening when she arrived at OPM -- the departments of Defense and Homeland Security were pitching in -- but Cobert capitalized on OMB's connections to power and sustain the subsequent governmentwide cybersecurity sprint and forge stronger security from the crisis. She said her proudest achievement in 2015 was helping all federal agencies internalize the message that when it comes to cybersecurity, the buck stops with leadership, not the IT shop.

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