David McClure, Ph.D.
As Chief Strategist of Veris Group, Dave works closely with federal and state agencies to implement cloud strategies and technologies to secure and modernize IT, enhance business performance, and achieve high performance results.
He refines corporate strategies and develops joint solutions with the company’s leading industry partners. Dave served as the Associate Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies from August 2009 until May 2014. As a leading political appointee for the Obama Administration in charge of federal IT innovation, he transformed his office into a powerful engine for making government operations more open, transparent, and participatory.
Through the use of innovative technologies, his office connected the public to government information and services through the Internet, collaborative Web 2.0 and public dialogue tools, call centers, and other emerging new media and citizen engagement technologies. His office created several award-winning web sites, including USA.gov, Data.gov, Challenge.gov, USABusiness.gov and several others. In addition, his office housed the PMOs for the Federal Cloud Computing and Federal Cloud Credential Exchange, the GSA FedRAMP program (currently the world’s largest implementation of how to efficiently and continuously evaluate cloud services provider security/privacy), and the Presidential Innovation Fellows projects, including GSA’s “18F” innovation project teams and portfolio.
Dave’s career spans nearly three decades with diverse IT roles inside and outside of government, including Managing VP for Gartner Inc.’s government research team, where he managed the global government research agenda and analyst support, and contributed to worldwide events and consulting; VP for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government, where he established the pioneering CIO SAGE mentoring activity for incoming government CIOs; and Director for Information Management Studies at the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging reviews of IT management capabilities throughout the federal government, founded GAO’s “best practices” reports, and helped write landmark IT reform legislation such as the 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act and the 2002 eGovernment Act. He also served on the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, IAC/ACT Executive Advisory Board, Institute for Innovation for IAC/ACT, and the Executive Advisory Committee for AFCEA/Bethesda.
During his career, Dave has been recognized as an influential IT leader, including the following achievements: the 2014 AFFIRM Career Leadership Award, 2014 National Association of State CIOs Technology Champion Award, Executive Mosaic’s 2013 Washington 100 List for driving value to the American public through strategic vision, innovation and achievement, 2013 FedScoop 50 Federal IT Leader Award, 2013 American Council for Technology (ACT) John J. Franke Award for high impact, long-term leadership in the federal government, 2012 Fed100 Government Eagle Award recipient as the most significant individual affecting federal IT, 2012 FedScoop 50 Golden Gov Leadership Award, and a four-time winner of Federal Computer Week’s “Top Federal 100″ (1998, 2001, and 2004, 2012) for impact on government IT directions and improvements. Additionally, under his leadership, GSA received national and international awards for government innovation activities, including the 2013 Innovation in American Government Award from the Ash Center and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for the Challenge.gov web platform used by 59 federal agencies to run challenges and prizes to crowd source for innovative solutions for tough government problems.
Dave has a Bachelor of Arts and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Texas. He also completed post-graduate work in IT management at Harvard and George Washington universities.