Making Smart Choices for a Cloud-centric Agency

Christine Calvosa

Chief Information Officer

Federal Communications Commission

As Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Christine Calvosa leads an agile information technology team with an aggressive modernization agenda – central to the agency’s mission to build out a global-leading 5G wireless network and close the digital divide in the United States. In leading the FCC’s technology initiatives, Ms. Calvosa places equal emphasis on the human factors of communication, collaboration, and community as essential pillars of teamwork. She is recognized for exceptional service with uncompromising ethics to deliver IT solutions that are innovative, high-quality, and sustainable.

Ms. Calvosa’s many modernization achievements at the FCC include technological upgrades to the Commission’s digital application and service portfolio, including the FCC auction system, the public wireless licensing systems, the Geospatial Information System (GIS) and the Fixed Broadband Deployment Map. Her team has successfully supported the technology for FCC spectrum auctions, including the 2017 broadcast incentive auction and, more recently, the 28 GHz and 24 GHz auctions for 5G development, collectively bringing in more than $22 billion in revenue.

In 2019, her strategic leadership oversees a $15 million technology modernization investment to continue to transform and secure legacy systems at the FCC. This includes ongoing expansion of a cloud-based environment to both modernize and significantly reduce the cost of database administration, operations and management support, developer support, and infrastructure.

With more than 15 years of results-oriented leadership in all aspects of IT development, deployment, and information security, Ms. Calvosa was named the FCC CIO in 2019. She previously served as the acting CIO and as Deputy CIO for Technology and Resiliency at the agency, provided oversight of IT operations, cybersecurity, budget, solutions engineering, application development, and stakeholder engagement. She has been with the agency since 2014.

Prior to her tenure at the FCC, Ms. Calvosa served as the Chief Technology Officer at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the second largest agency within USDA, from 2010 to 2014. At NRCS, she established and managed the technology roadmap with a focus on Emerging Technology & Innovation, GIS & Data Architecture, and Infrastructure & Hosting. She provided pivotal leadership implementing enterprise solutions such as Content Management, Business Process Management, and Unified Communications Systems.

From 2005 to 2010, Ms. Calvosa served as the Technology Management Lead at Booz Allen Hamilton. She provided effective leadership and management oversight on multiple Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Treasury, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) projects specializing in technology and consulting services management.

Over the past several years, Ms. Calvosa has been recognized for her leadership on numerous occasions. In 2017, she earned the FedScoop’s Top Women in Tech award for delivering mission-critical solutions using cloud platforms at the FCC. In 2016, she was awarded one of the Top 50 Women in Tech due the growing adoption of cloud-based solutions at the FCC. Additionally, she was recognized as a Rising Star by Federal Computer Week in 2012 for the NRCS national website, which earned the highest Foresee Customer Satisfaction Improvement score out of 100 government websites for Q1 of 2012.

Ms. Calvosa holds a Master of Science in Information System Technology from George Washington University. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and a Minor in International Studies from Pennsylvania State University.