IT Industry Alert: U.S. General Services Administration Names Cloud Leader as CIO
After four months in the acting role, IT industry leader Sonny Hashmi has been named permanent Chief Information Officer for the General Services Administration (GSA). Hashmi will now officially fill the role previously held by Casey Coleman, who left the company in January to join AT&T’s government solutions business. Hashmi has served as GSA’s Chief Technology Officer since 2011.
“During his time at GSA, Sonny has led many IT modernization initiatives, including the agency’s adoption of cloud for email, collaboration, and applications as well as creating agile practices for cloud development,” said GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlin.
Champion of the Cloud
Hashmi led the GSA’s “Cloud Initiative”, beginning in 2011, aiming to improve employee effectiveness, reduce agency costs, and create a model for other federal agencies. Hashmi successfully led the migration of core agency stems to the cloud, ending the reliance of data management on local servers and personal computers. The email and collaboration services migration is set to save the agency $15 million by 2016.
“Sonny not only fixes problems, but also provides newer and better solutions,” said GSA Administrator, Daniel Tangherlini. “He is a leader in the best sense. He is all about the outcome and builds a team that shares that desire.”
Prior to joining GSA, Hashmi served as Deputy CIO for the District of Columbia, Office of the Chief Financial Officer. He also worked in the private sector leading initiatives for federal, state and local government agencies.
IT Industry Recognition
Hashmi earned a master’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University, and a master’s certificate in Innovation Management from University of Maryland.
Hashimi received the 2014 Federal 100 award for Digital Government Innovation for his work as a “cloud expander”. His team was the winner of the 2011 GCN award for (Cloud) Enterprise E-Mail and Collaboration. And in 2013 Hashimi was named among the five most social federal CIOs on Twitter.
Looking Toward the Future
“More and more IT will support government, but it is also what holds it together. We must find ways to harness data to meet the needs of our citizens with bigger and faster performance,” said Hashmi. “I really believe I can make a difference in their lives by bringing IT to the forefront.”
Hashmi has stated more than once that he is constantly searching for new technology to improve government efficiency and performance. Hashmi, and GSA, will be looking for ways to stay on the forefront of technology, and to continuously boost the functionality and efficiency of the GSA and other government agencies. Now is your chance to make a case for your product or service.
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