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Another coup for Cisco: Paul Brubaker?

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Paul Brubaker

Paul Brubaker

After scoring several hiring coups, we’re hearing that Cisco system has another one — Paul Brubaker.

(Update: We had Brubaker on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. You can hear that conversation here.)

Brubaker is — well, at least until Tuesday at noon — the administrator of the Transportation Department’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) — the DARPA of the transportation world. Prior to that, Brubaker has worked as the Defense Department deputy CIO and, of course, on Capitol Hill, he was the Republican staff director of what was then called the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, which was led by then-Senator William S. Cohen (R-Maine).Brubaker was the principal staff architect of the Clinger Cohen Act, one of the seminal government IT pieces of legislation.

We expect to get confirmation soon after inauguration.

In my conversations with Brubaker during his tenure at RITA, I know that he has really been impassioned by this job. He really loved the work that the organization did — and does — and really loved the mission of transportation innovation such as hydrogen fueled cars, conducting a cross-country hydrogen fuel tour over the summer. (One blog proposed Brubaker as the hydorogen fuel czar.)

After the break, read Brubaker’s full bio…
As promised, Brubaker’s bio from DOT’s RITA:

Paul R. Brubaker
August 8, 2007 – Present

Paul Brubaker was nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) on June 18, 2007. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2007, and was sworn into office on August 8, 2007.

As RITA Administrator, Mr. Brubaker leads the agency responsible for coordinating and reviewing DOT’s roughly $1 billion investment in research, development and technology, and is charged with advancing technologies that will improve the nation’s transportation system. RITA oversees the Bureau of Transportation Statistics,Volpe Center, Intelligent Transportation Systems program, Transportation Safety Institute, and numerous cross-modal research initiatives.

Mr. Brubaker previously served as CEO of Procentrix, a firm that helps organizations plan, manage and achieve measurable performance improvement through the effective use of process and technology. His diverse background and expertise positioned him with the ability to empower public sector transformation and drive new models for government efficiency. Prior to this role, Mr.Brubaker served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of SI International, one of the nation’s fastest growing government contractors.

Mr. Brubaker previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) where he was the Department’s second highest-ranking technology official and supervised DoD’s $50 billion annual Information Technology expenditure. He drove the transformation of many of DoD’s business and war-fighting processes including personnel, logistics, finance and command and control, and supervised the Department’s electronic business activity including implementation of paperless contracting initiatives, travel process management and electronic mail. He was awarded the Distinguished Public Service Medal (with bronze palm) for his efforts on behalf of the Department.

Before serving at DoD, Mr. Brubaker held various executive positions within the public and private sectors, including Vice President of Strategic Programs for Litton PRC, Vice President of Business Development for Federal Data Corporation, and in senior positions within the U.S. Senate and General Accounting Office. While serving as Republican Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, Mr.Brubaker was the principal staff architect of the Clinger Cohen Act while working for then-Senator William S. Cohen (R-Maine).

He has also won numerous awards including the Association for Information Resource Management’s (AFFIRM) Government Executive Leadership Award in 2000. He was named to Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 in 1996 and 2002, and was appointed to the board of the Virginia Innovative Technology Authority in 1998 where he served as chairman from 2001 to 2003. He recently ended terms as chairman of the technical committee of the Armed Force Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) and president of its D.C. Chapter.

Mr. Brubaker holds a B.A. from Youngstown State University and a M.P.A. from Kent State University, and is very active with the Churchill Centre. He lives with his family inOakton, Virginia.

Written by cdorobek

January 18, 2009 at 5:44 PM

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  1. […] President of 1105 Government Information Group, and also to Paul R. Brubaker, who has had a storied government career most recently with the Transportation Department and he just recently joined Cisco Systems as the […]

  2. […] Another coup for Cisco: Paul Brubaker? [I should note that, in fact, Cisco’s Brubaker hire was confirmed… and we had him on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris on Friday. If the audio isn’t posted yet, it will be soon.] […]

  3. […] Another coup for Cisco: Paul Brubaker? […]

  4. Coup? Please! This a a “coup” for the people who no longer have to deal with this Republican chronie. His transparent agenda while at DOT was to build his resume to get out. Not only did he demoralize almost all of those around him, he tried to pretend he was a competent manager. His idea of leadership was barnstorming and dismantling of organizations, and he was ineffective. Sure, he built his resume at others expense, but he has very little respect in DOT. Hopefully Obama and his administration won’t allow a guy like this to lobby DoD on behalf of CISCO. Also, I hope CISCO quickly sees through his antics and hollow language.

    Edgard Schein

    March 26, 2009 at 8:14 AM

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