This edition of The Business of Government magazine underscores the importance of correlating short-term decision-making with long-range consequences. We highlight the latest trends and best practices for improving government effectiveness by introducing you to key government executives, detailing the work of public management practitioners, and offering insights from leading academics.

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Rafael Borras oversees management of the Department of Homeland Security’s $56 billion budget, appropriations, expenditure of funds, and accounting, and finance. He administers control over the Department’s $17 billion in acquisitions and procurement. He is responsible for directing human capital resources and personnel programs for the Department’s 230,000 employees. Mr. Borras administers control of the Department’s information technology enterprise architecture. Mr. Borras is responsible for oversight of the Department’s facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources. He administers programs and processes that provide security for personnel, information technology and communications systems, facilities, property, equipment, and other material resources.

Mr. Borras has 27 years of management experience in the federal government, city government, and the non-profit and private sector. He has deep experience in the areas within the portfolio of the Under Secretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security, including finance, human capital, facilities, information technology, and procurement.

Prior to his appointment with the Department, Mr. Borras served as a Vice President with URS Corporation, a global engineering services firm. As Vice President of the Infrastructure and Environment Division, Mr. Borras managed Program Management and Construction Management profit and loss; overseeing operation business development and staffing as well as the National Federal Management and Construction Management Initiative.

Prior to joining URS, Mr. Borras served as the Regional Administrator for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration. As regional administrator, he managed an organization with more than 1,300 employees, providing federal customer agencies with real estate services; supply and procurement, vehicle acquisition, and leasing services; and information technology telecommunications services.

Mr. Borras served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Administration in the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for overseeing the Department’s financial, personnel, information technology, budget, administrative services, acquisition, grants, and Equal Employment Opportunity functions. He also served as Deputy City Manager in the City of Hartford, Connecticut, where he was responsible for the departments of finance, police, fire, code enforcement, information technology, purchasing, budget, and human relations.

Mr. Borras began his public sector career as Administrative Officer for the Office of the County Manager in 1982 with Metropolitan Dade County Government in Dade County, Fla.

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Mr. Chad Fulgham was appointed as the FBI’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) on December 8, 2008. Mr. Fulgham is responsible for the FBI’s overall information technology (IT) efforts, including developing the FBI’s IT strategic plan and operating budget. He is also responsible for management of all FBI IT assets, which includes legacy equipment and infrastructure as well as evolving implementation of new and modernized systems and services to accommodate mission priorities.

Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Fulgham served as a senior vice president within the Information Technology Division of Lehman Brothers for four years. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Fulgham was responsible for the identity management, messaging, wireless, instant messaging/unified communications, and electronic communications compliance engineering teams worldwide and associated support teams in the Americas. Previous roles also included Program Manager of a global information security architecture initiative, head of IT Business Continuity, and Senior Manager for Windows server-based engineering and support.

In 2003, Mr. Fulgham served as the manager of IBM’s Global Computer Emergency Response Team, responsible for the security of all Windows platforms within IBM worldwide along with select strategic outsourcing clients.

He joined JPMorgan Chase in January 2002 as the Global Windows Security Engineering Manager and Information Risk Manager where he led multi-million dollar security engineering projects to close information security gaps resulting from the merger of JPMorgan and Chase.

In 2001, Mr. Fulgham served as a Supervisory Senior Consultant for Information Security and Privacy with Andersen, Technology Risk Consulting. He developed IT and security strategies, privacy assurance programs, business continuity planning, policy development, and user awareness programs.

Commissioned in the Navy after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996, he attained the rank of Lieutenant during his five-year naval career. He served as an Information Security, Network Manager, and Communications Officer, developing enterprise-wide network security policies and procedures and coordinating lifecycle management and training for 90 networks. He also served as a Department Head, overseeing the operational effectiveness for 25 percent of the USS PIONEER
(MCM 9), an Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship.

Mr. Fulgham holds a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium. He received a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Economics from the United States Naval Academy.

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