Burek assumes a familiar role at Justice

Burek assumes a familiar role at Justice

Now that deputy CIO post is official, she plans to tackle systems architecture, security and Web plans

By Shruti Dat'

GCN Staff

In her now official role as the Justice Department's deputy assistant attorney general for IRM, Linda Burek said she will concentrate on systems architecture, computer security, Web development and project management training.

Burek will also be the Justice Management Division's deputy chief information officer. Although her new job became official Oct. 15, Burek had been acting deputy assistant attorney general since February, when Mark Boster left to take a job with Science Applications International Inc. of San Diego.

Now that her position is permanent, Bur-ek said that she can be more proactive about organizational changes.

More to do

In the past six months, Burek has worked extensively with Justice's Litigation Division and other department offices on implementing the Justice Consolidated Office Network II program and the Joint Automated Booking System. There is more work to be done still, she said.

Her staff has set systems architecture standards but has not worked on interoperability and data sharing, Burek said. 'We have a lot of law enforcement systems where there is an interest to have a lot of data sharing among them.''

Burek also said she sees the Internet and intranet playing a more central role within the department.

'We are pretty conservative as a department when it comes to Web-based development, but we do have pockets where we do some pretty nifty stuff,'' she said.

Burek said she would like to follow the lead of Justice organizations such as the Antitrust Division, which has extensively developed its Internet and intranet sites. The FBI's law enforcement officer Web site, only available to authorized users, is another model Burek said she would like to see emulated for internal use.

'By focusing on Web technology, we can take information in our legacy systems and access it easier and cheaper,'' Burek said.

As to computer security, Burek said she will develop and oversee a new accreditation process to assess systems security departmentwide.

Another goal is to establish clear communication between her office and Justice's many departmental organizations and bureaus, she said.

'When I was at the Patent and Trademark Office, I worked with international partners. I think if you can work with people from different countries, with their different cultures, it's a lot easier to work with people in the same country who all speak English,'' she said.

Clear communication, she said, will also help in another area'project management. 'We have a contract under way to bring folks in to mentor on project management,'' she said. 'We want to institutionalize project management training within the department.'

Burek said her office will issue a statement of work within the next few weeks for the training program and outline a procurement plan to get project management support.

Before Burek came to Justice in 1997, she spent four years working at PTO in systems management jobs. She also worked at the Agriculture Department's Farmers Home Administration. She has a bachelor's degree in information systems management from the University of Maryland.

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