Deputy Director for Management
Office of Management and Budget
Whether its FISMA, FITARA or newly written cybersecurity mandates, the White House has been increasing its scrutiny over agencies' IT portfolios. Beth Cobert is making sure those portfolios are meeting every mission directive, from enhancing customer service to keeping projects on time and on budget.
Cobert's IT focus is only one part of her role, which she has been in since 2013. However, she has helped multiple agencies through streamlining projects, enhancing customer service, and improving the technology used within their departments. Given her decades of private sector experience, she has been happy to help the government bring their IT projects up to speed.
My parents … taught me the importance of being an engaged, involved citizen.
“When I had the opportunity to join the president's team to help the federal government deliver great service to the American people, I jumped at the chance to take the lessons I had learned in my many years in the private sector – including on how IT can transform organizations for the better - and put them to work," Cobert said.
Cobert said young people looking to get into public service can find no better role models than those in their own house. Her own parents served as the inspiration for her government job.
“My parents were my first models in public service – they taught me the importance of being an engaged, involved citizen and giving back to your community," she said.
Yet even more of a source of inspiration is her boss, who is currently trying to help the government better serve its citizens.
“When President Obama spoke to the SES Senior Leaders in December 2014, one of the things he said that I found especially inspiring was, “We have to constantly ask ourselves, how can we serve Americans better?" Cobert said. “How can we yank this government into the 21st century and make it smarter and faster and more responsive?"
– Greg Otto