Meet the CIOs: FEMA

FEMA: Clay Hollister

Clay Hollister

Federal Emergency Management Agency
500 C St. S.W. #506
Washington, D.C. 20472
Phone: 202-646-3006
Fax: 202-646-4655

Career Highlights:

1977-96: Various FEMA jobs, including IRM, deputy director for operations and deputy associate director for response
1969-77: Television producer for a variety of educational and advertising programs

IT Budget (fiscal years):
1996: $36 million
1997: $35 million
1998: not available

Priority Projects:

  • National Emergency Management Information System - five-year project involving client-server network running disaster applications from an 800 service and small computers used to do home inspections.
  • Software Standardization - converting more than 8,000 desktop computers to the Microsoft Windows desktop operating system.

Biggest Challenges:

"Managing despite declining resources. All our budgets and staff are being reduced as part of government budget reductions. Providing service against that fact requires us to find ways to engineer cheaper solutions. That is much harder than anything else we do."

On CIOs:

"The job of chief information officer is important and is to be taken seriously. The only real secret to success is to have access to and a close working relationship with the chief financial officer and the agency director. If you do not have this relationship, you will have a much more difficult time doing your job and thus being effective. That is the point of Information Technology Management Reform Act."

Hottest Technologies:

"The World Wide Web and browser technology are fast becoming the dial tone of the data world. If you have [these technologies], you can do things easily and quickly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is looking at using a browser in our National Emergency Management Information System as a front to applications - not just for state and local access to our system but for intranet use for general applications. It is simple to use and people like it."

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:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

  • Federal IT Applications: Assessing Government's Core Drivers

    In order to better understand the current state of external and internal-facing agency workplace applications, Government Business Council (GBC) and Riverbed undertook an in-depth research study of federal employees. Overall, survey findings indicate that federal IT applications still face a gamut of challenges with regard to quality, reliability, and performance management.

  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security


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