Apr 03 2013

A Look Back at Roger Baker’s Work at the Veterans Affairs Department

The government community will miss Baker’s leadership and charisma.

Roger Baker recently announced his plans to leave the federal government and take a position with Agilex, a government contractor. Baker has been a pioneer in government technology since 1998, when he joined the Commerce Department as CIO. In his most recent federal role, Baker served as the assistant secretary for information and technology for the Veterans Affairs Department, where he oversaw 7,500 IT employees and managed a budget that exceeded $3 billion. He was nominated for the position by President Obama and was confirmed by the Senate in 2009.

Over the years, Baker has been featured many times on the pages of FedTech, both in print and online. He even graciously agreed to appear in a series of videos at the 2012 Management of Change conference.

Below is a list of articles spotlighting Baker. Dating back to 2010, these articles provide insight not only into Baker’s distinguished public-service career but also into the evolution of technology. While hardware and software have progressed, the challenges of technology haven’t changed much. A quick look at these articles reveals security concerns, ongoing efforts to optimize federal data centers, and a steadily growing mobility program.

Baker’s leadership and charisma will be missed by those who have worked with him in government, but we wish him luck in his future endeavors.

<p>Photo: James Kegley</p>

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