Robert "Bob" Rovinsky directs an office responsible for reviewing and improving all IT investment decisions within the office of the Chief Information Officer of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). His office reviews the capital investment business cases (Exhibit 300s/Exhibit 53) for all IT investments (over 2 billion dollars annually) to make sure that the agency is a good steward of is share of federal funds. As part of this effort, Bob led the implementation of earned value management (EVM) in the FAA, for which he received the first Gary Christle leadership award from the Project Management Institute's College of Performance Measurement. He and his office led the effort that resulted in the FAA Air Traffic Modernization Program being removed from the GAO High Risk List, and he currently is helping other agencies both implement EVM and assists them in trying to remove their programs from the GAO High Risk List. His office also conducts software and process engineering reviews of FAA programs and is responsible for forms, directives and records management. He currently co-chairs the Civilian Agencies Industry Working Group for the National Defense Industrial Association. Bob's office was also heavily involved in a major overhaul of FAA's privacy program, and is currently upgrading and modernizing the agency's records program.
Prior to coming to the FAA, Bob directed the Office of Research and Statistics for Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was responsible for all software systems used by the County and for the statistical and economic analyses used in County decision-making. Before that, he was the Senior Information Manager and leader of an Operations Research Group within the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, and led the Data Improvement Task force of the American Agricultural Economics Association.
Bob has consulted in the areas of information technology, statistics, and management in Egypt, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, and Morocco, and has taught Fiscal Leadership, Financial Management, Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement, Operations Research, Engineering, and Statistics at several universities, including Georgetown, Catholic University, Williams College, the USDA Graduate School, and the University of the District of Columbia. He holds a doctoral degree in Operations Research and a Masters degree in Mathematics, both from Cornell University, and has published widely on the applications of Operations Research. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, took graduate work at George Washington University in economics and managerial accounting, and earned, with distinction, the CIO Certificate from the Information Resources Management College of the National Defense University. Bob is married and has two teenage daughters. In Bob's spare time, he is a professional storyteller.