2017 Rising Star Awards

Darryl E. Peek II

Director of Operations, OCIO/OCTO, Department of Homeland Security


Darryl Peek must be as exhausted as he is accomplished. As director of operations at the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for strategic planning, financial operations, human capital, communications and portfolio management for three DHS divisions.

Those divisions — Enterprise Architecture, Digital Innovation and Solutions, and Strategic Technology Management — help steer the sprawling department’s IT vision and technology.

As though that’s not enough, Peek also leads several major technology initiatives, including Network 2.0 for the OneNet wide-area network and agile pilot integrated program teams, and serves as a contracting officer’s representative for engineering and technology support services contracts.

In addition, he helped coordinate DHS’ Cyber and Tech Job Fair, shares his expertise at a long list of cybersecurity and agile training programs at DHS, and is a popular keynote speaker and panelist at industry conferences.

Colleagues and supervisors applaud his “change agent” role and say Peek is up to the challenge of his many responsibilities. They say his hard-charging work ethic and motivation reflect his previous experience with demanding teams at DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate and the lessons he learned while working with the CIOs of 23 agencies to take advantage of DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program.

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About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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