Alan Balutis is Executive Director of The CIO Collective. He recently stepped down as Distinguished Fellow and Managing Partner with Cisco Systems strategy and consulting group. Before joining the networking firm, he served in public service and industry leadership roles. He was a founding member of the Federal CIO Council in several leadership positions. At the Department of Commerce, he headed their Office of Management, Budget and Planning and served as the first CIO of a cabinet-level agency. During that period, he managed Commerce's transition to USDA's National Finance Center for payroll and personnel services -- the first Federal department to do so. For that work, he won one of his three Presidential Rank Awards. He finished his government career as Director of the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; ATP funded cutting-edge, emerging technologies. He has been selected as a Federal Computer Week (FCW) FED 100 recipient eight times and was voted into membership in both the Government Computer News and FCW IT halls of fame. A strong advocate for government reform, he has authored six books and numerous articles and papers on that topic and spoken at multiple conferences. He's been a Fellow of NAPA since 1998 and also is a Senior Advisor to Government Executives (SAGE) at The Partnership for Public Service. He serves on corporate Government Advisory Boards.