Meet the CIOs: NSF

NSF: Linda Massaro

Linda Massaro

National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd. #305
Arlington, VA 22230
Phone: 703-306-1100
Fax: 703-306-0109

Career Highlights:

1996-Present: NSF director of information and resource management
1994-96: Deputy assistant secretary for personnel, State Department
1987-94: Deputy administrator for management, USDA
1980-87: Deputy branch chief, Marine Corps headquarters

IT Budget (fiscal years):
1996: $10.8 million
1997: $10.8 million
1998: $10.8 million

Priority Projects:

  • FastLane - using World Wide Web-based systems to streamline interactions with research and educational communities.
  • Client-Server Migration - reengineering processes so that systems can be moved off mainframes and imaging technologies can be employed.
  • Communications Upgrade - moving Internet connection to T3 services and migrating internal network from Ethernet to a mixture of Fast Ethernet and Asynchronous Transfer Mode.

Biggest Challenge:

"To take advantage of new technologies at an appropriate time to improve current processes."

Management Approach:

"NSF has always had capital planning and investment management for all major IT investments. IT has always been a leader in the use of performance measurement. Our FastLane project is one of the 54 original Government Performance and Results Act projects."

On CIOs:

"The chief information officer has historically been an integral part of the management and operation of NSF and is a member of the agency's Director's Policy Group."

Hottest Technologies:

"Java, Javascript and Microsoft's Internet integration will begin to fundamentally change the way we use the Web for both internal and external applications."

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