Jim Flyzik, President of The Flyzik Group, and Former Chief Information Officer of the Department of Treasury

February 14, 2011

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

  • How IT is capable of addressing a number of the US government’s problems through cost cutting and improved customer service
  • The steps taken to drive substantial streamlining efforts across government agencies
  • The importance of approaching problem solving by framing an “Imagine if” scenario, and working backward from that to create actionable steps
  • How to engender support for technology change amidst skeptics
  • How to establish meaningful and productive relationships with business partners , and the need to structure the relationship such that he or she views IT as capable of solving his or her business problems
  • His experience of working with the Secret Service, and recognizing the need to approach cyber security as proactive risk management as opposed to reactive break fixing
  • Eye on the trends: enhanced visualization technology to improve the communication of ideas, wireless & mobility and the ability for the intersection of time and distance to approach zero, cloud computing, identity management, business intelligence, cyber security, and the potential for the “open source” trend to drive the proliferation of open architectures within IT departments

Jim Flyzik’s Biography

Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup (www.theflyzikgroup.com). The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the AFCEA International Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1050 AM and can be found at this link.

Jim was inducted into the CIO Magazine Hall of Fame on October 29, 2007. He joins 31 other CIO’s inducted over the past 20 years and is the first career government CIO to be selected.

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous governmentwide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 18 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications and ADP Operations Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.

Jim served as IT Team Leader on Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.


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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