Dan Mintz is an independent consultant providing marketplace and executive advice to small and mid-sized companies in the Federal Marketplace.He served as the Departmental CIO for the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) from 2006-2009, subsequently serving as a CTO and then COO for both large and smaller companies supporting Federal Business. He was a Federal 100 winner in 2007. Mintz is active in government and industry trade groups, holding leadership roles in ACT-IAC and AFCEA.Before serving at DOT Mintz had significant experience in the private sector for a variety of IT product and services firms including Sun Microsystems, Lockheed Martin, and his own consulting practice. He speaks at many conferences and events on Government 2 (and 3).0 and cyber-security issues, writes a blog covering organization disruption, technology development, and movie reviews at www.ourownlittlecorner.com,; and is on Facebook and ‘tweets’ using the name @technogeezer. Mintz earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and a Masters in International Management from the University of Maryland University College. He currently is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University and at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) and serves as an advisor to Cyberwatch, an NSF funded educational initiative, and to the University of Maryland University College Cyber-security Laboratory.
I was privileged to serve as the CIO of the Department of Transportation during President George W. Bush’s second term as a political appointee. Toward the end of my time at DOT, I reflected on the lessons learned that I might pass on to the CIOs, or other political appointees, who will have a chance to serve in future administrations.
In our increasingly fast-paced world, the buzzword du jour, “big data,” looks like a winner of the fastest transition from cool, new, vacuous, poorly-defined concept to mainstream acceptance and implementation.
As one of the chief information officers who was politically appointed and thus will be out of a job Jan. 20, I have been reflecting on the lessons learned that I might pass on to the CIOs who will have a chance to serve in the next administration. Perhaps a few of these thoughts may be useful to any political appointee. I mention six of them here. I suspect given time I could come up with many more. First, respect, reach out, and work with the career staff that report to you at the agency you serve. You will find…