Margie Graves

Deputy Federal CIO, Executive Office of the President

Graves oversees an IT portfolio of $5.4 billion in programs in addition to managing the operations of the Office of the CIO. Prior to coming to the White House, she was the Department of Homeland Security’s deputy CIO. A good leader defines broad parameters and expected outcomes but allows a team to decide how best to achieve them — while still providing “air cover” and course correction when needed, Graves said. “We have a great advantage because our missions provide purpose,” she added. “This is one of those moments where progress can be made on many of our most intractable and complex issues simply because we have access to data, information, services, tools and analytics that can help us get to the heart of the matter.”

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states, localities and higher education institutions with information security.

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