Biographies for OCSIT Leadership Team
|Kathy P. Conrad||Martha A. Dorris||Marion Royal||Gwynne Kostin|
|Greg Godbout||Maria Roat||Sarah Crane|
Kathy Conrad has served as Acting Associate Administrator of the GSA Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) since June 1, 2014, after having been appointed Principal Deputy Associate Administrator in May 2011. She is a leading champion of open, digital government and manages OCSIT’s suite of programs and services that are enhancing citizen interaction and experience with government, while driving innovation and increasing efficiency and operational effectiveness across government.
Ms. Conrad is leading the development and implementation of government-wide shared solutions and services that are providing access to and use of government information and services anytime, anywhere, on any device, as called for in the White House Digital Government Strategy. OCSIT runs USA.gov, the official website of the federal government; Data.gov, the flagship Open Government program that enables access to and fuels use of the government’s open data; Challenge.gov, a crowdsourcing platform for challenge and prize competitions that won the Harvard Innovation in American Government award earlier this year; and FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program), which is significantly accelerating adoption of secure cloud computing, and many other game-changing initiatives. The office is home to 18F, a lean start-up team from within and outside government that is building innovative user-centric digital services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves. 18F also includes the prestigious Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
Kathy Conrad is a proven leader, problem-solver and strategic advisor with over thirty years of experience in government technology programs and policies. Prior to joining GSA, she was Senior Vice President with Jefferson Consulting Group, a leading business and government consulting firm, where she was responsible for leading the firm’s strategic direction and client engagements. She served as a trusted advisor to corporate leaders of major technology firms on all aspects of government business, and worked closely with government technology executives to ensure alignment with government priorities and policy objectives. Previously, she managed federal marketing and assistive technology consulting for Praxis, Inc, and served as an issues analyst and speechwriter for the National Science Foundation.
She served as Industry Chair of the ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference (ELC) in 2010, and current serves on the ACT IAC Innovator Circle. She was recognized for her leadership with Federal 100 awards in 2013 and 2011. Ms. Conrad has a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Biology-Psychology. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, and has two grown daughters.
Ms. Martha Dorris is the Deputy Associate Administrator in the U.S. General Services Administration's, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT). OCSIT is leading the development and implementation of major government-wide solutions that are driving innovation across government, improving customer experience and achieving cost efficiencies government-wide. With over 30 years of experience, Martha has provided leadership in policy, acquisition and citizen services at GSA. She has driven the Office of Citizen Services to deliver products of high value and impact while leveraging the full capabilities of a creative and passionate team. Currently, Ms. Dorris is providing executive leadership to efforts within OCS, including the creation of products and services that enable the Federal government to be open, transparent and support the Digital Government Strategy as well as the integrated delivery of information and services to the public through USA.gov. Ms. Dorris is passionate about driving the government to provide an excellent experience to the public.
As the DAA for the Office of Citizen Services, Ms. Dorris has created an integrated delivery of government information to citizens, businesses and government in English and Spanish via the Internet, phone or in print. Internet delivery is provided through USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov and kids.gov as well as many social media channels, telephone at 1-800-FED INFO or through the Pueblo publications center. In 2012, OCS engaged with the public almost 540 million times. Through the delivery of government-wide shared solutions, OCS has enabled Federal agencies to improve citizen engagement and infuse innovative solutions into their programs by using techniques such as prizes and challenges. Ms. Dorris has driven the creation and implementation of USA Search which is a commercial grade search engine that provides relevant and fast search results. Used by over 1500 government websites free of charge, USA Search has saved agencies millions of dollars while improving their customers’ experience.
Ms. Dorris has been active in the IT community for decades. She has been recognized for her hard work, dedication and leadership in numerous ways. She was a Fed 100 award winner in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. She has been active with the International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration (ICA) for over 15 years and was named a Distinguished Service Award winner in 2005. In addition, OCS was recognized in 2007 with the President's Quality Award for Management Excellence for USA Services. She was the President of the American Council for Technology (ACT) from June 2007 to June 2009. Martha was also recognized by AFFIRM with the 2008 Service to the Citizen Award and was recently named the Civilian Agency IT Executive of the Year by Government Computer News for 2009.
Marion A. Royal is the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for the Office of Innovative Technologies at GSA, Part of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT). His responsibilities include the management of following projects:
- Data.gov – Catalog of Datasets across the government;
- FedRAMP- Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program;
- FCCX - Federal Cloud Credential eXchange; and
- eCPIC - Electronic Capital Planning and Investment Control.
Mr. Royal serves as a nationally recognized Agency spokesperson on a diverse range of issues related to Electronic Government with specific emphasis on Open Data, Enterprise Architecture, Data Interoperability, Collaboration and Security.
Marion is also serving as the Program Director on Data.Gov. The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. As a priority Open Government Initiative for President Obama's administration, Data.gov increases the ability of the public to easily find, download, and use datasets that are generated and held by the Federal Government. Data.gov provides descriptions of the Federal datasets (metadata), information about how to access the datasets, and tools that leverage government datasets.
In 2014, Marion received the GSA Administrator award for Meritorious Service in recognition of his sustained contributions to GSA and Public Service.
Marion has worked on a number of government-wide projects during his twenty-two year tenure at General Services Administration. Working with Federal Agencies, commercial partners, and industry forums, he has served as a catalyst to advance Open and Transparent Government, Government-wide Collaboration, Electronic Messaging, Electronic Directories (X.500), Public Key Infrastructures, Information Management and XML.
He served as the U.S. Head of Delegation to UN/CEFACT, an International Standards Organization for the United Nations and co-chaired the Data Harmonization Working Group. During the maturity of XML, he led the government-wide XML Working Group and contributed to the OASIS Universal Business Language (UBL). On Enterprise Architecture, he has served as the Chief Architect for the Financial Management Line of Business and the Chief Architect for the Quicksilver task force in 2001 which launched 26 significant e-gov initiatives.
Gwynne Kostin is Director, of the Center for Excellence in Digital Government and the Digital Services Innovation Center in the Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies at the U.S. General Services Administration. She is leading cross-agency efforts to use the power of today's technologies to provide government information and services to the public anytime, anywhere and on any device.
Convening innovators across government and fashioning new approaches to making government work for the public, she has led research, strategy and programs around digital government, citizen engagement and service delivery. Her portfolio includes the government-wide Digital Analytics Program, Challenge.gov, social media, mobile, digital user experience, analytics and content management. She has successfully delivered White House e-government projects supporting digital strategy including sites.usa.gov--a common inter-agency content management platform, the Mobile Application Development Program and agency support for digital governance models and API development.
As Director of New Media for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, she drove the use of new technologies to solve business problems creating the department's first social media strategy, developing a cross-agency web communications model for disaster response, and leading new media communications and strategy for the department's 22 agencies.
Prior to joining public service, she spent ten years in new technologies, including founding a successful Internet start–up in an association and leading strategic Web communications in health care and education. She enjoys talking to interesting people and figuring out how things work.
Greg Godbout is Executive Director of 18F, a GSA Deputy Associate Administrator, and a 2013 Presidential Innovation Fellow. Greg has a passion for innovating for a more efficient, responsive, and effective government. Greg is an entrepreneur and experienced software architect with an extensive background in improving productivity with technology. As owner of the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, a unique entertainment and restaurant concept, Greg has driven innovation within the entertainment industry and built a thriving community theater with national recognition. While balancing the responsibilities of business ownership, Greg has also nurtured his technical skills by working as a consultant for both federal agencies and private organizations. His consulting work includes custom software development, social media solutions, and large enterprise applications. He received a degree in Economics with a concentration in Business from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is currently enrolled in UVA's Masters in Management of IT program.
Maria A. Roat became FedRAMP Director, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology, General Services Administration in January 2013 bringing 30 years of professional experience in information technology, including operations and intelligence.
Previously Ms. Roat served as Deputy Chief Information Officer, Director for Administration within the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA), November 2011.
Ms. Roat served as Chief of Staff, Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) in DHS Headquarters, September 2008.
She directed the OCIO Front Office, which serves as the principal administrative advisor to the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Deputy CIO, with responsibilities for budget, acquisitions, communications, human resources, and support programs.
Ms. Roat joined DHS in June 2004, first serving at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where she was Deputy Director, Technology Development, 2005-2006, for TSA’s Secure Flight Program. In August 2006, Ms. Roat began serving at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), as the Program Manager for the Fraud Detection and National Security System, and then Chief of Staff, Office of Information Technology (OIT), where she managed OIT operations and administration, in addition to holding responsibility as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) with oversight of all aspects of USCIS’ Information Security Program.
Ms. Roat retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, Information Systems Technician. Ms. Roat served in numerous leadership positions including Command Master Chief for the Reserve Intelligence Area Washington (2002-2005) and the Center for Navy Leadership Mid-Atlantic (2005-2007). Additionally, she served on the National Naval Reserve Policy Board (2004-2006) to review policy issues submitted from the fleet and provide recommendations and implementation strategies for consideration by the Secretary of the Navy’s Policy Board. Ms. Roat also served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (1991-1992), when she was recalled to active duty.
Ms. Roat holds an A.S., Computer Science, is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program for Leadership Development, and a graduate of the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy.
Sarah Crane is the Acting Director of the Federal Citizen Information Center, in GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies.
Sarah currently leads the Federal Citizen Information Center in its mission to revolutionize the way the public thinks about government information and services. Through its flagship websites, USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov and Kids.gov, it’s world-class contact center, and its print publication operations, FCIC garners over 250 million direct citizen interactions every year.
Previously Sarah served as Director of USA.gov, GobiernoUSA.gov, and Kids.gov, managing a diverse team of developers, writers, editors, designers, accessibility specialists, and project managers. Under her leadership, USA.gov was recognized nationally and internationally for its work in responsive design, user experience, and accessibility.
Ms. Crane joined the government in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow and has previously served in the White House Office of New Media, where she was an information specialist, and the Department of Transportation Speechwriting Department, where she wrote speeches for Secretary Norm Mineta. Sarah is an active member of the Federal Web Managers Council, the American Forensics Association, DC Web Women, and the Usability Professionals Association.