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Thursday, November 16, 2006

FederalNewsRadio - Ask the CIO - William Vajda (ED)

William E. Vajda
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
U.S. Department of Education

Mr. Vajda has served in a number of roles within the U.S. Government, NATO, and private industry, and has enjoyed a widely varied and unique career. Prior to joining The Department of Education, Bill served as Vice President with Washington-area high technology vendors, and as a private consultant and board member for a variety of non-profit organizations. Mr. Vajda was appointed to the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service by General Michael V. Hayden and served as the Associated Director for IT and Chief Information Officer with the National Security Agency for three years, starting on 9/11/2001. During his tenure, Mr. Vajda held global responsibility for NSA IT capabilities, and supported a number of successful transformational initiatives, including the GROUNDBREAKER and TRAILBLAZER programs, as well as supporting U.S. activities during the GWOT. Mr. Vajda also served for four years as a member of the U.S. Senior Executive Service with the Internal Revenue Service, and was appointed by Commissioner Charles Rossotti to serve as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Systems Development/Deputy CIO, as well as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, International, during the organizational restructuring period of 1998 - 2001. Mr. Vajda was responsible for several initiatives, including Consolidation of all mainframe systems and remediation of all tax processing applications. Mr. Vajda spent 11 years in Europe in a variety of NATO and industry roles, including a diplomatic posting to the SHAPE Technical Centre/NATO C3 Agency, and he has been recognized as an international expert in the development and implementation of US and coalition intelligence and command and control systems in support of deployed operations. Mr. Vajda has earned this reputation through support to military operations during the First Gulf War; Somalia, Rwanda, and Bosnia, as well as several theaters of the GWOT. Mr. Vajda has over 20 years of executive leadership experience, and has been recognized with several significant Government and Industry awards, including a U.S. Vice Presidential Hammer Award, a Distinguished Service Medal, and an SES Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. Mr. Vajda has a considerable background in the Federal market space, and is a member of several industry groups, and has been sought after as a featured speaker with the Gartner Group, IAC, AFCEA, and several other conferences and events. Mr. Vajda is a graduate of Marquette Senior High School, and graduated with an A.B. and an M.P.P from the University of Michigan.

Brian Burns
Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO)
United States Department of Education

Brian P. Burns is the United States Department of Education (ED) Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO). Mr. Burns has 22 years of federal and commercial information management and technology service and product development experience including senior executive service positions as the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Chief Technology Officer for Infrastructure; the DOI Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Resources Management and CIO; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Resources Management and Deputy CIO; and U.S. Department of Treasury Internal Revenue Service senior executive positions. His commercial experience includes Coleman Research Corp., BDM Federal, Inc. and IBM Corp.

Jerry Davis Director,
Information Assurance (IA) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
US Department of Education

Jerry Davis is the Director, Information Assurance (IA) for the US Department of Education and serves as the Department's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Jerry's role is to oversee all aspects of Information Security and Privacy for the Department to include the development and implementation of IT security policies and procedures, deliver IT security awareness training, provide an incident response and management capability and generate IT and data security solutions and services to the Department's customers and constituents. Jerry's team proactively defends over 500 million dollars in annual IT investments.

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