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DorobekINSIDER: Amazon’s cloud coup: Frank DiGiammarino

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Frank DiGiammarino

Frank DiGiammarino

Amazon’s Web Service’s government arm has scored a coup — hiring Frank DiGiammarino, who left the White House late last year.

The DorobekINSIDER has confirmed that DiGiammarino has been named Amazon Web Service‘s director of innovation and global expansion for Amazon Web Services, which is mostly known for books but has been making a big play in the cloud — and in government. And that includes some smart hires. Last year, Amazon hired Teresa Carlson, who had led Microsoft Federal.

DiGiammarino left the White House earlier this year where he served as an advisor to the Vice President for recovery implementation and director of the Recovery Implementation Office. In that job, he was responsible to ensuring the $787 billion in stimulus got out into the economy as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Here he is at 2010’s Gov 2.0 Summit talking about the stimulus spendings impact on innovation:

DiGiammarino is widely respected, previously serving as the vice president of strategic initiatives for the National Academy of Public Administration, where he helped created the innovative Collaboration Project. The Collaboration Project was developed along with Lena Trudeau, who is now at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service’s Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic Innovations. It was designed to be a place where government could collaborate around collaboration.

This is only the latest in some high profile people jumping into the cloud. Carlson joined Amazon Web Services last year, and Viveck Kundra, the former federal chief information officer, announced that he is joining

After the break… read DiGammarino’s full bio…

Frank P. DiGiammarino
Office of the Vice President
Frank DiGiammarino serves as an Advisor to the Vice President of the United States for Recovery Implementation.  Previously Frank served as the Director of the Recovery Implementation Office where he was responsible for coordinating a complex and diverse network of government departments in disbursing $787 billion to speed economic recovery.  In the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has been credited with reversing the dramatic decline in national employment by creating or saving over 3 million jobs, increasing the gross domestic product by over two and a half points and laying the foundation for the economy of the 21st century.  At the two-year anniversary of the act, the implementation of the Recovery Act met all of its legislated goals on or ahead of schedule.

Responsibilities include briefings to the Vice President of the United States, management of progress and challenges through interactions with Federal departments and agencies, and supporting efforts to internally and externally communicate progress.  While leading the Recovery Implementation Office, Frank:

* Implemented, in coordination with key partners, a first of its kind, transparent, recipient reporting system that has achieved over 99 percent compliance;
* Drove new models of collaboration in the areas of health and energy that have demonstrated the potential for public-private partnerships to address some of our nation’s greatest challenges; and
Worked with state, local and non-governmental partners to address barriers and achieve programmatic goals.
A recognized change agent, Frank came to the Executive Office of the President from the National Academy of Public Administration where he was the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives.  Prior to the National Academy, Frank spent many years as a senior consultant and strategist.  Former positions include Director and DoD Practice Area lead at Touchstone Consulting Group, General Manager and Director of Program Management at Sapient Corporation, and Principal Consultant with the state and local government practice at American Management Systems.

Career highlights include launching the Collaboration Project, an independent forum of leaders committed to leveraging the benefits of collaboration to solve government’s complex problems; leading a program to re-engineer a $6 billion Army department with 15,000 personnel; driving reorganization of an 1,100 person consultancy in 6 months with 85 percent adoption; and leading a 700-plus person office that delivered $120 million in annual revenue.

Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University.  A frequent speaker on career development, Frank serves as an advisor to the leadership team of the Young Government Leaders organization.  He lives in Bethesda, MD with his wife and three children.


Written by cdorobek

January 24, 2012 at 3:07 PM

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  1. […] House — he was responsible for getting the recovery money out there. Today, he is the is the director of innovation and global expansion for Amazon Web Services. He has kindly agreed to join us every other Wednesday to help you chart your career path. We will […]

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