Ira Hobbs, Chairman
Hobbs is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As CIO at the Treasury Department, Hobbs was responsible for the acquisition and management of information resources and for providing broad leadership in planning, budgeting, acquiring, and managing Treasury’s IT resources. Prior to joining Treasury, Hobbs served seven years as the Deputy Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). During his federal tenure, Hobbs co-chaired the Federal CIO Council’s Workforce Committee whose goal was to improve the recruitment, retention and skills of the federal government’s IT workforce.
Burton is a 30-year veteran of federal procurement law and policy development, including more than 20 years as senior acquisition attorney with the Department of Defense. Burton was selected to serve in the Executive Office of the President in 2001 as the Deputy Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), the nation’s top career federal procurement official. During the last two of his seven years with OFPP he was its acting administrator. Burton was also the executive director of the Chief Acquisition Officers Council and managed the activities of the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council.
Drosdick is retired after 40 years with Moss Adams, LLP, the largest certified public accounting and business advisory firm headquartered in the Western U.S. At Moss Adams, Drosdick served as director of the Private Equity Services Group, Technology and Life Sciences Industry Group, and the SEC and Corporate Finance practices. He advised companies on venture capital transactions, roll-up transactions, restructurings, public equity offerings, public and private debt offerings, MBOs, LBO, leveraged build-ups, leveraged recapitalizations, venture capital transactions, and business combinations with special expertise in SEC filings. Drosdick was the chair of the state of Washington’s Security Advisory Committee on policy matters, appointed by Washington Gov. Gary Locke and reappointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire. In addition to Avue’s Government Advisory Board, Drosdick serves as the on the Board of Directors at the Benaroya Research Institute. Prior to his tenure with Moss Adams, Drosdick was audit manager at Deloitte & Touche.
Evans is national director for the U.S. Cyber Challenge and spent 28 years in federal government leading information technology at the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of Energy and Department of Justice. Evans was a presidential appointee, serving as the administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, and directed the activities of the Chief Information Officers Council. Under her leadership, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) – which expanded the number of addresses available for use; Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) – smart cards for federal employees and contractors designed to protect facilities and network information; and SmartBUY — which allows the government to purchase software and software services at lower costs — became realities. Evans has also served as the CIO for the Department of Energy and vice-chair of the CIO Council, and Director of Information Resources for the Office of Justice Programs at the Department of Justice.
Krump is Executive Vice President at Cassidy & Associates and one of Washington’s leading experts in Federal contracting, and former chairman and chief judge of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Board of Contract Appeals. Krump, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, has served in many capacities at the VA. As chief judge, he ensured timely and fair disposition of disputes involving construction, supply, and service contract challenges. Concurrently, Krump served as a member of the Procurement Executive Council (now the Chief Acquisition Officers’ Council), including two terms as vice-chairman and chair of the Executive Committee.
Mok is managing member of the international business advisory firm Condor Consulting and former Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor. Mok’s career began as an auditor with two national accounting firms prior to his active duty military service in the U.S. Army, including as an Army advisor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He reentered the private sector after military service and subsequently returned to public service as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department. He later joined the Treasury Department as its comptroller and was selected as its Chief Financial Officer by then-Secretary James Baker. He subsequently was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the CFO at the Labor Department. Mok’s advisory firm, Condor Consulting, was established in collaboration with retired U.S. Sen. Birch Bayh (D-Ind.).
Thompson is a former Deputy Administrator for Operations and Management for Rural Development, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). As Deputy Administrator for Operations and Management, Mr. Thompson was responsible for directing and coordinating the administrative and financial management functions of the Rural Development mission area. Prior to serving at Rural development, Mr. Thompson served as Associate Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the newly created Civil Rights mission area at USDA, and Associate Assistant Secretary for Administration, where he had responsibility for Human Resources, Civil Rights, Ethics, Procurement and Emergency Preparedness. Mr. Thompson served 25 years of his USDA career with the Forest Service in a variety of administrative and management positions in the agency’s Washington Headquarters and in the Regional Offices of San Francisco and Milwaukee.