Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, and 18F
General Services Administration
Phaedra Chrousos has a vision for technology within the GSA: She wants to make her agency's technology a governmentwide shared service.
As associate administrator of the OCSIT and 18F, Chrousos explained to FedScoop how, in many ways, her office is already growing toward that.
“It basically acts as an incubator and takes appropriated funding and makes bets on products and shared services that government needs," she said.
She pointed to the Digital Analytics Program and Connect.gov as glowing examples of the work her office does to support the missions of other agencies serving Americans.
Roll up your sleeves, get started, and the women in technology today will serve as air cover.
Chrousos, a successful entrepreneur twice over before joining GSA, said technology is integral to daily life and compared it to the importance of traditional infrastructure. But she knows it can be hard for women in technology and offers her support to those following in her footsteps.
“To women starting a career in technology, I'd say, 'Welcome,'" she said. “'Roll up your sleeves, get started, and the women in technology today will serve as air cover.'"
While she said she plans to stay in government only for a two-year term, she said it gives her a chance to think about her impact and work toward putting up “the scaffolding for what will one day be a really powerful technology shared service at GSA."
“The government is need of it, we've done it really well for public buildings, we've done it really well for federal acquisition, and I think the time has come to do it in a really powerful way for technology," Chrousos said. “And I think OCSIT and 18F are the building blocks."
– Billy Mitchell