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Forum on World Class IT - 346 Interviews and Podcasts

Welcome to the Forum on World Class IT podcast series, a collection of exclusive interviews with Chief Information Officers and other IT industry thought leaders. Learn from the experts on how best to establish a truly World Class IT organization.

David Bray
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September 7, 2015: David Bray, Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission

Among other topics, David discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • His role as CIO within the FCC
  • How he prioritized his work as he began at the organization
  • How he has matched the skillsets needed at the FCC to the skills needed for future technology trends
  • The drive towards cloud infrastructure and how he balances that desire with security concerns
  • His prolific use of social media
  • His quest for learning and how he has balanced it against his professional work
  • His path to the public sector and public service
  • The desire for increased collaboration between the public and private sector
  • Eye on trends: International relationships in Australia and Taiwan as a bridge from East to West, the Internet of Everything,  Crowdsourcing

David Bray’s Biography

David Bray is the Chief Information Officer of the Federal Communications Commission, an agency of the US Government, and has held that role since August of 2013.  As CIO, David leads the modernization of the Commission’s technology endeavors.   His efforts in modernizing the more than 200 systems of the FCC were recognized with AFFIRM’s Cloud Computing Leadership award in 2015.

Prior to joining the FCC, David served in many other areas of the government, including stints at the CDC’s Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program, the Department of Energy, the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the Information Sharing Environment.

David is also a prolific presence on social media, appearing at the top of multiple top social CIO lists, including on Forbes.com. He received an Eisenhower Fellowship to Taiwan and Australia, and has received multiple awards for his public service including the Roger W. Jones award for Executive leadership, the Arthur S. Fleming Award, and a National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Award.

David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Biology, a Master of Science in Public Health, and a PhD in Information Systems, each from Emory University.  He has also been a visiting associate at the University of Oxford, and was a Post-Doctoral Associate in 2008 at both MIT and Harvard.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview