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John Sherman

Principal Deputy CIO, Department of Defense

Federal Leadership of the Year

After serving as the CIO of the Intelligence Community for several years, John Sherman took on a new mission in 2020 as the principal deputy CIO of the Department of Defense. “It’s always a great experience to join a team that has wind in its sails, and that is something that is definitely the case here at DOD,” Sherman told FedScoop. That move happened to coincide with the COVID-19 pandemic and the widespread adoption of telework. “I think the COVID pandemic really brought to the fore so many of the recent advances in technology, most notably with the ability to enable individuals to work together virtually,” Sherman said. “The crisis also underscored how innovation played — and continues to play — such an important role, especially as user demands grew and we had to adapt to heightened cybersecurity threats and greater demands on areas like network capacity.”