Business to Government Event

April 28, 2011

Mark Day
Chief Technology Officer

Mark Day is chief technology officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which he joined in October 2009. Day focuses on IT operations, technical reviews of solution architectures for new projects and the re-compete of HUD's primary IT support contract. Prior to that he was vice president and CTO of ManTech Information Systems and Technology from 2006-2009 with a focus on developing and documenting service-oriented architecture (SOA) implementation strategies, knowledge representation technologies such as ontology, taxonomy, semantics and data mining.

His prior government service includes nine years serving simultaneously as deputy CIO for IT, CTO, and director of the Office of Technology Operations and Planning at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he was the senior executive for EPA's $188 million Fee for Service IT Shared Services Program, which included the Enterprise IT infrastructure including WAN, LAN, Desktops, National Data Center of EPA; Cybersecurity program; compliance and governance activities under the Clinger Cohen Act and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). He oversaw policy and guidance development, research, adoption and implementation of new technologies and standards, and was responsible for the Agency IT services acquisition strategy.

He has a combined 30 years of local, state and federal government experience. In jobs relevant to HUD's mission, he ran a local Community Action Agency's Meals on Wheels program, managed a Section 8 referral program, and the Solar Bank and home weatherization programs for the state of Missouri.

Day is also an adjunct professor of information management for the MA in political science program in the Public and International Affairs Department at George Mason University (1999 - present).

Melvin Greer
Senior Fellow
Chief Strategist SOA & Cloud Computing
Lockheed Martin

Melvin Greer is senior fellow chief strategist, cloud computing and the director of the SOA competency center, Lockheed Martin, advanced technologies office. With more than 25 years of systems and software engineering experience, he is a recognized expert in service-oriented architecture (SOA) and cloud computing. He functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines.

Greer is a certified enterprise architect (CEA), the vice-chair of the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), Cloud Computing Working Group and an Advisory Council member of the Cloud Security Alliance.

In addition to his professional and investment roles, he is fellow and adjunct faculty at the FEAC Institute. He is also a member of the International Monetary Fund / World Bank, Bretton Woods Committee.

Greer received his Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems and technology and his Master of Science in information systems from American University. He also obtained a postgraduate certificate in executive leadership from the Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School.

Dawn Leaf
Deputy Senior Advisor for Cloud Computing, Information Technology Laboratory

Dawn Leaf is a senior advisor in the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory, and the NIST senior executive for cloud computing. Prior to her appointment to NIST in March 2010, Leaf served as the deputy chief information officer/chief technology officer for the United States Department of Commerce, the CIO Officer of the Bureau of Industry and Security, the CTO of the Smithsonian Institution, and as the manager of system architecture of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Before joining the federal government in 1999, Leaf acquired broad experience in IT management, advanced technology, and large-scale distributed systems development and engineering. She served as the program manager for several National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs under contract. Leaf's foundation in IT came from her 1981-1995 tenure with the Westinghouse Electric Corporation (Northrop-Grumman). Highlights include the 1992 George Westinghouse Signature of Excellence Award and appointment as the information systems manager for the oceanic sonar and anti-submarine warfare facility. Leaf holds an M.S. in systems engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering, and is a cum laude graduate of McDaniel College.

David L. McClure, Ph.D.
Associate Administrator
Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
General Services Administration (GSA)

David McClure was appointed as the associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) in the General Services Administration (GSA) on August 26, 2009. The Office of Citizen Services fosters public engagement by using innovative technologies to connect citizens to government information and services. As part of this effort, OCSIT runs the award-winning USA.gov, the official website of the federal government. His office is rapidly becoming a leader in the use of new media and Web 2.0 technologies to bring government to citizens and citizens to government. Through its websites, call centers, publications and other programs, OCSIT facilitates more than 200 million citizen touchpoints a year. OCSIT is also facilitating government-wide capabilities to support the President's Open Government Directive, such as idea management and challenge solutions. In addition, McClure is involved in implementing OMB's government-wide cloud computing strategy via Apps.gov and other avenues.

McClure most recently served as the managing vice president for Gartner Inc.'s government research team. There, he managed the global government research agenda and analyst support and was lead researcher on government information technology management practices. McClure also served on the Obama-Biden Transformation, Innovation and Government Reform Transition Team, which examined federal agency IT plans and status for the incoming administration.

Before working at Gartner, McClure served as vice president for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government. Previously, McClure had an 18-year career with the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging IT management reviews in almost all major Cabinet departments and agencies. He also served as ex-officio member of the Federal Chief Information Officer Council from its inception in 1996 through 2001.

McClure received his Bachelor of Arts degree and a master's in political science from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Texas. He also completed post-graduate work in IT management at Harvard and George Washington universities. Read more.

Chris Smith

Christopher L. Smith serves as the chief information officer for USDA with executive leadership responsibility for all USDA information technology investments, operations and management. Smith provides leadership for USDA's IT architecture, IT policy, cybersecurity operations and the department's operational portfolio including network, enterprise data centers, IT services, and innovations group.

Smith joined OCIO in January 2008 and served as associate CIO for integration and operations and Deputy CIO to coordinate the efforts of OCIO operations: National Information Technology Center, Telecommunications Services and Operations, and International Technology Services.

Before joining the OCIO leadership team Smith served USDA as CIO for rural development, where he provided leadership and executive strategic direction for the Rural Development IT portfolio supporting more than $96 billion in active loans and grants.

Prior to joining Rural Development, Smith served as the IT director to the chief financial officer of the United States General Services Administration. In this position, he led shared services IT operations and operated one of four named Financial Management Lines of Business Centers of Excellence and one of four named ePayroll operations within the federal government.

Smith received his Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies and his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida. Additionally, Smith holds a Master of Science degree in management information systems from George Washington University.