Chief Information Officer - US Department of Health and Human Services
Frank Baitman has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, focusing on innovation, technology and business strategy. He is currently the Chief Information Officer with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where his emphasis is on delivering improved business outcomes from the agency’s IT investments.
Recently, Frank served as a White House Entrepreneur-In-Residence on assignment at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he helped to build the Innovation Pathway 2.0, a streamlined process for regulatory review and approval of innovative medical devices.
Earlier, as Chief Information Officer for the US Social Security Administration, Frank focused on innovation and citizen-centered services while increasing agency efficiency through technology modernization and business process improvements. He co-chaired the Federal CIO Council’s Accessibility Committee’s efforts to improve services to Americans with disabilities, advocating the benefits of universal design.
Frank has focused on innovation and invention, having worked as an independent strategy executive and consultant, with for-profit companies, nonprofits and universities. While at IBM Research he created a marketing group that shaped the division’s research and development agenda; later as director of corporate strategy for IBM, he oversaw the Global Market Trends study which identified emerging business opportunities, launching the life science solutions and pervasive computing businesses. Frank has advised government agencies on public policy matters, including nuclear nonproliferation, physical security, and arms control verification measures, and worked with the Department of Energy’s labs developing their technology transfer program.
Frank received his Master’s in Public Management at the University of Maryland at College Park; and his BA from the State University of New York at Albany.
Dr. Patrick Gallagher
Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director of NIST
Dr. Patrick Gallagher was confirmed as the 14th Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Nov. 5, 2009. He also serves as Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, a new position created in the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010. Prior to his appointment as NIST Director, Gallagher had served as Deputy Director since 2008.
Gallagher provides high-level oversight and direction for NIST. The agency promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology. NIST's FY 2013 budget includes $775.4 million in direct and transfer appropriations, an estimated $49.7 million in service fees and $120.6 million from other agencies. The agency employs about 2,900 scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff, and administrative personnel at two main locations in Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo. NIST also hosts about 2,600 associates and facility users from academia, industry, and other government agencies on its campuses at any given time.
Under Gallagher, NIST has greatly expanded its participation, often in a leadership role, in collaborative efforts between government and the private sector to address major technical challenges facing the nation. NIST’s participation in these efforts stems from the agency’s long history of technical accomplishments and leadership in private-sector led standards-development organizations and in research fields such as manufacturing engineering, cybersecurity and computer science, forensic science, and building and fire science. Currently, he serves as co-chair of the Standards Subcommittee under the White House National Science and Technology Council.
Specific examples of public-private efforts initiated by NIST, often in coordination with other federal agencies, during Gallagher’s tenure as Director include:
- accelerating the development of advanced manufacturing technologies in U.S. industry through the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office,
- safeguarding individual identity and information in cyberspace though the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) and the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE),
- modernizing the national power grid through the Smart Grid Program
- developing a cybersecurity framework to reduce cyber threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure through improved standards, guidelines, and best practices for information systems,
- advancing the state of forensic analysis research through the National Commission on Forensic Science, and
- improving the safety and effectiveness of the nation’s first responders through a wide variety of research projects and the Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program.
Gallagher joined NIST in 1993 as a research physicist and instrument scientist at the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), a national user facility for neutron scattering on the NIST Gaithersburg campus. His research interests included neutron and X-ray instrumentation and studies of soft condensed matter systems such as liquids, polymers, and gels.
In 2000, he became group leader for the NCNR’s Research Facility Operations, and in 2004 he was appointed NCNR Director. A major accomplishment of his tenure as NCNR Director was the successful planning and funding for a substantial expansion of the Cold Neutron Guide Hall to allow about 500 additional non-NIST researchers to use the facility each year.
From 1999 to 2001, Gallagher was a NIST agency representative at the National Science and Technology Council. He has also chaired the Interagency Working Groups on neutron and light source facilities under the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).
In 2006, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded Gallagher a Gold Medal for his leadership in interagency coordination efforts.
Gallagher received his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Pittsburgh in 1991 and a bachelor’s degree in physics and philosophy from Benedictine College.