Meet the CIOs: Education

Education: Leo Kornfeld

Leo Kornfeld

Education Department
7th & D Sts. S.W., ROB 3 #4682
Washington, D.C. 20202
Phone: 202-708-8391
Fax: 202-708-7157

Career Highlights:

1994-96: Senior adviser to Education Secretary
1993-94: Deputy assistant secretary for student financial aid programs, Office of Postsecondary Education
1989-93: Vice president for enrollment planning, Pace University
1986-89: President of True Basic, a software firm in Hanover, N.H.

IT Budget (fiscal years):
1996: $316 million
1997: $407 million
1998: not available

Priority Projects:

  • Education Web Site - evolving from online library to interactive environment for completing applications and providing feedback.
  • Year 2000 Compliance.
  • Strategic Planning - determining how Education can use information technology to do its work better.

Biggest Challenges:

"Figuring out how to accomplish many tasks with limited resources. It's very hard to convince my colleagues that investing our limited dollars in technology, which represents large up-front costs, will result in greater costs savings in the future."

Management Approach:

"We are creating an IT strategic plan that will provide the groundwork for development of systematic, Education-wide standards for capital planning, investment management and performance measurement."

On CIOs:

"Until CIOs can point to specific projects with real outcomes, they will be just another level of bureaucracy."

Hottest Technologies:

"Education is exploring new ways to use Internet technology to better communicate with our customers and improve the way we do business. We will take advantage of advances in Web security to enhance our application and data collection activities."

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Forecasting Cloud's Future

    Conversations with Federal, State, and Local Technology Leaders on Cloud-Driven Digital Transformation

  • The Big Data Campaign Trail

    With everyone so focused on security following recent breaches at federal, state and local government and education institutions, there has been little emphasis on the need for better operations. This report breaks down some of the biggest operational challenges in IT management and provides insight into how agencies and leaders can successfully solve some of the biggest lingering government IT issues.

  • Communicating Innovation in Federal Government

    Federal Government spending on ‘obsolete technology’ continues to increase. Supporting the twin pillars of improved digital service delivery for citizens on the one hand, and the increasingly optimized and flexible working practices for federal employees on the other, are neither easy nor inexpensive tasks. This whitepaper explores how federal agencies can leverage the value of existing agency technology assets while offering IT leaders the ability to implement the kind of employee productivity, citizen service improvements and security demanded by federal oversight.

  • IT Transformation Trends: Flash Storage as a Strategic IT Asset

    MIT Technology Review: Flash Storage As a Strategic IT Asset For the first time in decades, IT leaders now consider all-flash storage as a strategic IT asset. IT has become a new operating model that enables self-service with high performance, density and resiliency. It also offers the self-service agility of the public cloud combined with the security, performance, and cost-effectiveness of a private cloud. Download this MIT Technology Review paper to learn more about how all-flash storage is transforming the data center.

  • Ongoing Efforts in Veterans Health Care Modernization

    This report discusses the current state of veterans health care


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.