: Director, Information and Technology and CIOâ€“ Defense Finance and Accounting Service | ...full story[IMG]
Honeycomb Worldwide | Executive Profiles
Audrey Davis: Director, Information and Technology and CIO- Defense Finance and Accounting Service
Despite the fact that Audrey Davis'
resume reads like something straight out of Wired Magazine
had hardly ever envisioned herself becoming a technical guru.
And not once did she
consider the possibility of being responsible for the seamless payment processes of America's Armed Forces at Defense Finance and Accouting Service (DFAS).
was actually supposed to be a geographer.
is now responsible for $500 million worth of IT investments every year and is the approval authority for any technology requirement worth $100,000 or more.
Davis is a graduate of Oklahoma State University where she received her bachelor of science degree in Geography.
She then completed her masters in urban regional planning at the University of Oklahoma.
It was at this point where her
career path took a different turn.
entered the Presidential Management Intern Program, a program run by the Office of Personnel Management which brings masters-level degreed individuals into a mid-management level policy area within the federal government.
has since also become a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces
"That was my original entry into the Federal Government
," says Davis
Davis ended up getting the job and went to work for the Department of State in their Bureau of Diplomatic Security where she would do security audits of the Department of State that were used around the world at their different embassies.
It required her
to get various levels of security clearance and was a good learning experience in dealing with security issues for her
After that position, which she
did for about three years, Davis
left the Federal Government
and went to the private sector.
ended up getting a job at Computer Science Corporation
never really left the federal segment all together.
Davis was sent to work on Army systems projects at her new job that were related to what she had done when she first joined the Federal Government.
In 1992 DFAS
was looking to move the program that Davis
learned how to program and test on out of the DC area to Indianapolis.
became aware of the opportunity and they became aware of her
moved back into the government to lead the transition of the staff and the application from D.C. to Indianapolis.
From there she
has been promoted to various positions.
Davis became a Manager of the Army Civilian Payroll System, after which she was promoted to the Director of IT Requirements for the Consolidated IT Support Group.
She became the Deputy CIO in late 1999 and after the CIO retired, she was promoted to that position in January of 2001.
is responsible for 100 systems that support business processes for accounting, military, civilian and commercial pay.
Although a large part of what DFAS
does is providing services, not everything they do is considered an e-Government initiative.
"We have e-Government initiatives in the agency, but I wouldn't consider every thing we do as e-gov because we have a large legacy systems base that supports our operations so a large part of what we do is keep those 20 or 30 year-old applications up and running."
While a lot of her
work is behind the scenes, allowing the business processes to continue operating, the DFAS
are working on making the agency more accessible.
is one of the four payroll providers selected for the entire Federal Government
We picked up payroll accounts for the Department of Energy
, Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs.
Part of the e-gov initiative is getting to common solutions across the Federal Government
Payroll and vendor pay processes are two large projects that Davis
is currently working on.
On the payroll side the DFAS
now has a self-service pay application that allows people employed by the Federal Government
to access their accounts themselves remotely, so they don't have to call a call center.
This has also been extended to retirees who served in the military but are no longer employed by the Federal Government
is also working hard on having a direct interface with contractors and vendors who do business with the department.
says they are working on giving contractors a way to submit invoices and get paid for services in a more automated fashion.
and the DFAS set about using their e-portal intiative to make processes more transparent.
Electronic workflow increased and collaboration between employees went up.
"When everyone could see where we were and who had the handoff and who was responsible for their part of the reports, no one wanted to be the one who was holding it up.
We not only produced these financial reports in 21 days, but in 17."
It is that sort of result and team work that Davis