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Margie Graves – D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015

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Margie Graves

Deputy Chief Information Officer
Department of Homeland Security

Margie Graves has been with the Department of Homeland Security since its infancy. But since 2009, she's overseen a $6 billion IT portfolio and manages the Office of the CIO, which encompasses the department's enterprise architecture, data management, IT security, infrastructure operations and accessibility.

From the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program to DHS' movement to the cloud and mobility, Graves is busy.

“Mobility is changing the way the workplace is viewed, it's changing the way people do their work and the expectation is that people are going to be able to receive data and application capability in field situations," Graves said. “All of that has to be pushed and secured and, most importantly, made palatable. People need to be able to consume it in the same manner that they consume it in their personal lives."

Mobility is changing the way the workplace is viewed.

Throughout her tenure, Graves has worked to establish cloud capabilities at DHS, keep up with and secure an increasingly mobile workforce, and consolidate the agency's collection of data centers. All total, Graves contributes to a CIO office that manages 91 IT programs.

“What I'm trying to drive is the move to agile development, or DevOps … where we're doing these short sprints to deliver capability in a rapid fashion," she said. And that requires championing change throughout DHS.

Graves' motivation to enter public service traces back to 9/11. “On that day, things changed and I wanted to be a part of the agency that was going to address that threat," she said. “Delivering homeland security is what keeps me here today."

For Graves, a federal technology career allows individuals to affect great change. “You're afforded the opportunity to take on some very big challenges on a very broad scope and actually affect peoples' lives on a daily basis. There's nothing like that elsewhere."

– Dan Verton

Read the full story about this year's selection of D.C.'s Top 50 Women in Technology, and view the full list here.