Dave Zeppieri, Chief Information Officer of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

November 08, 2010

Among other topics, Dave discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy

  • The evolution of IT’s role at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • The benefits and challenges of leading an IT shop for a smaller government agency, after years of experience at larger agencies
  • How best to engage business partners and the importance of building relationships
  • The significant impact Cloud Computing has had on OPIC’s ability to improve its operations
  • The importance of documenting repeatable processes in order to maintain a secure environment
  • The balance of risk and expectations with social media


Dave Zeppieri’s Biography

Dave currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). A government owned corporation, OPIC’s mission is to facilitate U.S. private investment in developing countries and emerging markets around the world. As CIO, Dave is responsible for the acquisition and use of information technology solutions to improve agency performance and service to the public. He is also responsible for formulating and articulating the agency’s policy, position, and response on current or emerging information technology and its relationship to U.S. private investment in developing nations.

Prior to joining OPIC, Dave served as Director for Strategic Development for Project Performance Corporation. Among his responsibilities, Zeppieri led the company’s federal strategic development and managed the operations of its applications development and system integration projects.

Dave joined the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on July 12, 2004 as the Chief Information Officer; he was responsible for ensuring the availability of effective mission-critical support to those who serve on the front line of homeland security.

Prior to his time at TSA, Dave was Chief Information Officer at the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice where he focused on modernizing the organization’s Grant Management IT processing and modernizing the department to a Portal/Internet-based communications and service delivery environment.

Dave has won numerous awards including the CIO 100 Award for Resourceful IT Management Practices from CIO Magazine, the 2004 Federal CIO Award from Federal Computer Week, and Computerworld Premiere 100 IT professionals.

Dave has a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science and an MBA both from the University of Maryland at College Park, and he also has a CIO Certification from the National Defense University.

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

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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