Dave McClure lands at cloud, cyber company as chief strategist

Tuesday - 9/2/2014, 11:30am EDT

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Three months after leaving government, Dave McClure has a new job.

McClure is the new chief strategist for the Veris Group, a cybersecurity firm in Vienna, Virginia.

The company announced Tuesday that McClure will work with state and federal agencies to implement cloud computing technologies to better secure and modernize IT infrastructure.

David McClure (GSA photo)

"We are extremely honored to be able to work alongside Dave, who has made such a positive transformation to information technology in the public sector," said Dave Svec, Veris Group's managing principal and co-founder, in a release. "Dave will be an invaluable asset to help guide Veris Group's strategic position in the marketplace and to help us develop valuable service offerings for our customers."

McClure comes to Veris after spending almost five years as the General Services Administration's associate administrator for the Office of Citizens Services and Innovative Technologies. McClure left GSA in June.

McClure will be a guest Tuesday afternoon on In Depth with Francis Rose at 5 p.m. on 1500 AM and online.

During his tenure at GSA, McClure was instrumental in almost every major Obama administration IT initiative. He oversaw the implementation and running of the Data.gov platform as part of the White House's open data initiative.

McClure played a key role in moving the government toward cloud computing, by overseeing the creation of contract vehicles first for infrastructure-as-a-service and later for email-as-a-service. He then led the effort to create the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), establishing cybersecurity standards for vendors providing cloud services. Veris is an accredited third-party assessment organization under FedRAMP.

This was McClure's second tour in government. He spent the first 18 years of his career working for the Government Accountability Office, where he oversaw federal IT efforts and was part of the team that helped craft the Clinger-Cohen Act. McClure also worked at Gartner Inc. as its managing vice president for its Government Research Team for four years.

Veris says its clients include the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, Interior, Treasury and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and the Defense Logistics Agency.

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