2008 Rising Star Dan Risacher

Dan Risacher is the open-source evangelist to DOD

2008 Rising Star

TITLE: Data strategy leader

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary of Defense/Defense Department Arlington, Va.

Dan Risacher


Dan Risacher, 34, is the type of computer guy who likes to code at night for fun. When Risacher's not doing that, he is a leader in getting open-source software and technologies deployed at OSD and DOD.

He's a tireless proselytizer for open-source software, going beyond and above the call of duty to educate government and industry officials on the benefits of open source, said John Scott, director of Mercury Federal Systems. Risacher's message is that open source will help the military respond faster to new and emerging threats, accrue savings, provide an alternative to closed software and help make DOD systems more secure.

About Rising Stars 2008

Turnover among information technology leaders is a fact of life in government circles. Who's there to take the baton? The 2008 Rising Stars exemplify the strengths of the emerging generation of IT leaders, mixing technical savvy and innovative thinking with an instinct for collaboration and a commitment to the government's mission. Government Computer News is joining Federal Computer Week and Washington Technology in making the awards an 1105 Government Information Group 360-degree special report. For a look at all the Rising Stars, click here.


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