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Rob Brown

CTO, USCIS

Federal Leadership of the Year

Brown has been with USCIS for five years and in the CTO role for nearly two. He’s focused his efforts on cloud adoption and the transition to DevSecOps. An open-source advocate, he’s worked with other DHS agencies on code collaboration. At the same time, USCIS created its first enterprise data lake under Brown to end duplicate data and make it easier for machine learning models to support the immigration mission. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Brown said it “provided an opportunity to leverage existing and new technology. It clearly illustrated the need to digitize manual and paper-stricken processes that due to the circumstances had become unattainable.” His proudest moment in 2020, he told FedScoop, “was seeing the vision of data as a service become a reality. Providing a platform with all USCIS data to be leveraged in a semi-autonomous way was a real joy.”

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