Deputy Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security
Rob C. Thomas II, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the acting Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, D.C. He has oversight responsibilities for all FEMA information systems from governance, planning, budgeting, engineering, development, security and operations in order to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, President’s Management Agenda, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Management Directives, and other regulatory requirements in support of FEMA mission and objectives.
Mr. Thomas has a diverse background of federal service and Industry executive level leadership. Most recently, he was Vice President of Enterprise Transformation for Accenture, LLC. He has also been teaching as a faculty professor in systems engineering at the graduate level.
At the Pentagon, Mr. Thomas served in dual roles as Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He directed the unification of manned, unmanned, and space systems to create an integrated command and control, communications and computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability for the Air Force. He formulated and executed strategic plans for integrating C4ISR, Air Force experimentation, and Air Force modeling and simulation. As principal adviser to the Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force Chief of Staff in these areas, he managed a portfolio in excess of $20 billion to execute business process transformation and modernization initiatives. Mr. Thomas was also responsible for information management, information assurance and information technology advancements for the Air Force, while directing total force management and development of the 90,000-person communications and information career field. He also led cross-agency efforts on the Federal Chief Information Officers Council working with other federal agencies, the Office of Management and Budget, and General Accounting Office.
Previously, he served as Executive Director, Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC), Randolph Air Force Base. As the Executive Director, he led a diverse workforce of military, civilian and contractor personnel dedicated to developing and shaping personnel programs while executing personnel plans and policies. As the execution arm of Air Force personnel operations enabling the warfighter, AFPC impacts more than 700,000 Total Force active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilians worldwide, from accessions to force development to post-career transition services. In addition to force development execution, Mr. Thomas was responsible for orchestrating transformation of enterprise-wide information technology systems focusing on personnel service delivery and its subsequent integration with the Department of Defense-wide personnel systems under development.
Other assignments were as the Federal Executive, Next Generation Air Travel for United States serving as Chief Architect. U.S. Customs, Veterans Affairs and the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the initial cadre for the Mobile Emergency Response System (MERS) mission.
He is both a DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF) and Federal Enterprise Architect Framework (FEAF) certified enterprise architect (CEA).