The Department of Homeland Security is set to kick off another round in an initiative for private sector execs to serve short-term stints in government service.
For this part of the Loaned Executive Program, participating business leaders will work for at least six months in the Transportation Security Agency andCustoms and Border Protection to develop policies and programs for travel and tourism.
“We want to leverage the private sector’s best talent to improve the travel experience for the American public and those who we welcome as visitors to our country,” Deputy Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro Mayorkas said in his call for participants.
Mayorkas, who was confirmed for his post late last year, added the department seeks to integrate businesses in policy development to create a “coordinated approach to identifying innovative solutions to our homeland security challenges.”
Leaders at both agencies and GovCon firms have recently prioritized other public-private partnerships as the budget environment changes and new technologies mature.
Juan Zarate, a former assistant treasury secretary and now a senior adviser atCSIS, told ExecutiveBiz how theTreasury Department worked with banks to help fight financial crime during his time in government.
“In the post 9/11 period, you saw more collaboration, more discussion, as well as more pressure on the private sector to take on more of the burden of serving as the guardian of the gate of the financial system,” Zarate said.
Travis Sullivan, VP of strategy and business capture for Boeing’s BDS arm, described his team’s efforts as “understanding the environment they face from a perspective of the national security risks that they’re trying to address and the resources that they have at their disposal to address those risks.”
Jack Bailey Named BD SVP at Fluor-Backed NuScale Power
Jack Bailey has been appointed SVP for business development at NuScale Power, a company that Fluor is a majority investor in.
Bailey previously served as BD lead for Generation nPower’s North American unit and held several leadership roles during his 15 years at the Tennessee Valley Authority.
“I have been impressed with the technology, the team and the strong backing NuScale has assembled to bring their design to commercialization,” said Bailey.
The Navy veteran has also worked for the Arizona Public Service and Virginia Power Company.
Keith Alexander Creates Financial Services Cyber Consultancy
Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, has formed a new consultancy group that will focus on cybersecurity for financial institutions.
The company will be located in Washington D.C. in the offices of Promontory Financial Group.
“After a 40-year career in the military and the government, I am beginning an effort to see what I could do to help address the cybersecurity threats facing the financial services industry, its customers, and their assets,” Alexander said.
Alexander is also a former director of U.S. Cyber Command, a position he held in conjunction with his NSA role.
Thomas Ryan Appointed Rigil Strategy, Operations SVP
Thomas Ryan has joined Washington-based technology consulting firm Rigil as SVP of strategy and operations.
Ryan most recently served as deputy assistant administrator for security and hazardous materials at the FAA, where he helped create the Transportation Security Agency.
“I know that Tom will help drive Rigil toward achieving its goals and in executing strategies for long-term growth,” said Rakhi Sharma, Rigil president and CEO.
The 20-year Marine Corps vet has also worked for the DIA.
Dovel Acquires Md.-Based RNSolutions
Dovel Technologies has bought federal health information technology company RNSolutions.
Paul Leslie, Dovel CEO, said the company aims to expand its thought leadership footprint and career opportunities for employees through the transaction.
Dovel, which offers IT tools to HHS for updating infrastructure, will add RNSolutions’ grants management system to its portfolio as part of the acquisition.
Jennifer Morgan to Serve as SAP NA President, Company Unveils New Partner Org
Jennifer Morgan has been appointed president of the North American arm of SAP as part of a company-wide reorganization.
SAP has also formed a new global partner organization that will focus on the company’s original equipment manufacturing business, among other areas.
“The formation of our new Global Partner Operations organization is key to driving scale and adoption of the SAP Cloud powered by SAP HANA,” said Bill McDermott, co-CEO of SAP.
SAP aims to create new routes to market through the new organization’s partner ecosystem.