Modernizing technological transformation within federal government: A conversation with Maria Roat

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The Business of Government Hour, hosted by Michael J. Keegan, features a conversation with government officials and thought leaders who are transforming the way governments do business. The show explores topics such as leadership, management, technology, innovation, public service as well as the mission of government in the 21st century.


What’s next for IT modernization and digital transformation within the US federal government? Will there be changes to the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF)? How can federal technology change the way government agencies operate and provide services? Join host Michael Keegan as he investigates these and other questions with Maria Roat, Assistant Federal Information Commissioner, Office of Management and Budget.



Maria is Deputy Federal Commissioner for Information in the Office for Administration and Budget (OMB), Office of the Chief Information Officer. Previously, she was the chief information officer of the Small Business Administration and served in a variety of technology leadership roles with the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Transportation. Maria began her career with the United States Navy as a data processing technician and later worked for the Department of the Navy in various technology and engineering positions. She spent 5 years in the private sector and has provided and managed global enterprise technology programs. Maria retired from the US Navy in 2007 after 26 years of active and reserve service, where she earned the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician.

Maria is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Information Systems, Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program for Leadership Development, and the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.