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Chief Information Officer

Local Address: Lanham, Maryland, United States
Census Bureau
4700 Silver Hill Road Room G307
Washington , District of Columbia 20233
United States

Company Description: The Census 2000 Supplementary Survey was a Decennial Census program designed to demonstrate the feasibility of collecting long form type information at the same...   more

Employment History

  • Chief Information Officer
    Department of Commerce - Census Bureau
  • Associate Director for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, Bureau of the Census
    U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Associate Director, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
    US Bureau of the Census
  • Deputy Chief Information Officer
    US Bureau of the Census
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The goal is to have at ..., 3 April 2014 [cached]
The goal is to have at least 60 percent of responses submitted electronically, which should drive down costs for postage, paper and staff time, Census Bureau CIO Brian McGrath told FCW late last year.
Issues still confront data center consolidation effort « Govplace, 12 Sept 2013 [cached]
Most of the early cuts in the initiative were mainly due to agencies knocking down the "low-hanging fruit," Census Bureau CIO Brian McGrath told Federal Computer Week in May.
Government IT savings plan dependent on shared services « Govplace, 12 Sept 2013 [cached]
However, Census Bureau CIO Brian McGrath claimed that most of those cuts were the result of chopping down the low-hanging fruit, according to FCW.
Next step in government data consolidation looming large « Govplace, 12 Sept 2013 [cached]
Census Bureau CIO Brian McGrath claimed that straightforward changes saved his bureau $1 million, but the challenge comes as the systems on the consolidation chopping block become more and more sophisticated.
"Up until last year, there was really a lot of low-hanging fruit," McGrath told FCW.
Although McGrath made it clear to FCW that it wasn't exactly common practice to have a server or two sitting in a closet somewhere - at least not in the Census Bureau - the change did provide a measure of motivation for some of the more poorly organized departments.
The online ACS survey itself runs ..., 19 Dec 2012 [cached]
The online ACS survey itself runs on a system called Centurion, a common infrastructure already in use across the Census Bureau for other applications, according to Brian McGrath, Census Bureau CIO and associate director of IT. An added bonus: the bureau partners with other agencies to allow broader use.
“This is very much a shared program,†McGrath said of the common infrastructure, which he said the Office of Management and Budget requested to be made available to other agencies for collecting data over the internet. For example, Census currently is doing surveys for the Bureau of Labor and Statistics using in-house infrastructure and capabilities, McGrath noted.
“In the long term, they don’t have to build new hardware and develop custom software â€" we use the systems we have in place and then transfer the data back to them for their analysis,†he said.
On the security side, besides adhering to government-wide security standards currently in place, Census stores the data in an in-house private cloud that has been a year and a half in the making, McGrath noted.
“Obviously, data security is a high priority for the bureau,†he said. “We retain high-value data assets within the construct of a private cloud. Everything remains on premise in a government facility under our authority and responsibility so we can insure its integrity.â€
And while the ACS is new to the Internet, census data collection writ large is not. The ACS will become the 61st bureau survey that allows for online response, and McGrath said there have not been security issues in the past.
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