2016 Fed 100

Federal 100: Richard McKinney

Name: Richard McKinney
Title: Chief Information Officer
Agency: Transportation Department

Tough love at DOT. Few CIOs leaned in as hard on implementing the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act as McKinney, who pushed for a taxonomy to track IT spending and discussed FITARA with Congress, industry and agency stakeholders. When legislators gave his department Ds and Fs on implementation, he used the grades to stress the importance of getting it right. And when DOT components couldn't inventory their IT, he put a freeze on new purchases until a clearer picture could be had. That hard-nosed approach has produced fierce loyalty from his IT team and nods of approval from his higher-ups. Main profile here.

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