Kathy Conrad - Acting Associate Administrator
Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies
Kathy Conrad was appointed Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT) on June 1, 2014, after having served as Principal Deputy Associate Administrator since May 2011.
She is a leading champion of open, digital government and manages OCSIT’s suite of programs and services that are enhancing citizen interaction and experience with government, while driving innovation and increasing efficiency and operational effectiveness across government.
Ms. Conrad is leading the development and implementation of government-wide shared solutions and services that are providing access to and use of government information and services anytime, anywhere, on any device, as called for in the White House Digital Government Strategy. OCSIT runs USA.gov, the official website of the federal government; Data.gov, the flagship Open Government program that enables access to and fuels use of the government’s open data; Challenge.gov, a crowdsourcing platform for challenge and prize competitions that won the Harvard Innovations in American Government award in 2013; FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program), which is significantly accelerating adoption of secure cloud computing; and many other game-changing initiatives. The office is home to 18F, a lean start-up team from within and outside government that is building innovative user-centric digital services focused on the interaction between government and the people and businesses it serves. 18F also includes the prestigious Presidential Innovation Fellows program.
Prior to joining GSA, she was Senior Vice President with Jefferson Consulting Group, a leading business and government consulting firm, where she was responsible for leading the firm’s strategic direction and client engagements. She served as a trusted advisor to corporate leaders of major technology firms on all aspects of government business, and worked closely with government technology executives to ensure alignment with government priorities and policy objectives. Previously, she managed federal marketing and assistive technology consulting for Praxis, Inc, and served as an issues analyst and speechwriter for the National Science Foundation.
She was recognized for her leadership with Federal 100 awards in 2013 and 2011.
Ms. Conrad received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology-Psychology from Wesleyan University.