NIST's Leaf to become Labor deputy CIO

Friday - 11/16/2012, 2:24pm EST

Dawn Leaf, who has led the federal cloud computing efforts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the past 30 months, is moving to a new role in government.

Leaf will become the deputy chief information officer at the Labor Department, according to an internal email she sent to colleagues and obtained by Federal News Radio.

Leaf will start at Labor Nov. 19. She replaces Tom Wiesner, who retired as deputy CIO in June after spending eight years in the role.

"As many of you are aware, prior to joining NIST in May 2010, I spent over 30 years in the private and public sectors in the large-scale systems' programs and IT management ranks, so it's a logical and natural progression to return to that role with the intent of applying what I have learned at NIST and from all of you," Leaf wrote in the email to colleagues.

Leaf, who was the senior adviser for cloud computing at NIST, said Bob Bohn will continue as the NIST cloud computing program manager.

As deputy CIO, Leaf will take on a new role in running the day-to-day operations of Labor's technology infrastructure.

Michael Kerr is the Labor CIO, but he also wears multiple hats. Kerr's main job is as the assistant secretary for administration and management, which includes the chief human capital officer and oversight over performance management and security operations.

According to the federal IT dashboard, Labor has 136 IT programs, of which 128 are active and eight have been downgraded or eliminated. The data on the dashboard shows 79 percent of Labor's projects are considered green, 68 percent are within their stated costs and 65 percent are meeting their schedule goals. In all, Labor's entire IT budget for fiscal 2012 was $584.2 million.

Before coming to NIST in May 2010, Leaf was the deputy CIO and chief technology officer at the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security. She also was the CTO at the Smithsonian Institution and was the manager of system architecture for the Patent and Trademark Office.

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