CDT's Schwartz takes job at NIST

Friday - 8/6/2010, 3:35pm EDT

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

Ari Schwartz, the vice president and chief operating officer at the Center for Democracy and Technology, no longer will just talk about what needs to change, but actually be in a position to affect change.

Schwartz is leaving CDT after 13 years to join the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a senior Internet policy advisor.

"NIST is growing both in size and in importance and this is a great opportunity I couldn't pass up," Schwartz says. "It's a chance to make a real difference to change things in areas that there is a lot of support in. I will take advantage of everything I learned at CDT."

Schwartz will start at NIST working on the Internet Policy Task Force on Aug. 30. His last day at CDT will be Aug. 27.

Schwartz will take over the role Curt Barker has been playing on the IPTF. Barker is going back to work at NIST on other security and privacy issues.

Schwartz says he also will focus on cybersecurity, privacy and standards issues at NIST.

At CDT, he focuses on increasing individual control over personal and public information, promotes privacy protections in the digital age and expanding access to government information via the Internet. Schwartz also is a member of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board, which advises NIST, the Office of Management and Budget and Congress on cybersecurity and privacy issues. Schwartz will have to leave the board when he joins NIST.

In other personnel news, Lisa Schlosser also has a new position. The long-time federal technology executive is trying her hand at Web 2.0 and social media as the new deputy assistant administrator for public affairs for the Environmental Protection Agency.

Schlosser has been the director in EPA's Office of Environmental Information since December 2008.

She says she is excited to learn new skills and apply her knowledge of social media to the position.

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