Jerry E. Williams became the Department of Housing and Urban Development's [HUD] Chief Information Officer [CIO] on July 6, 2009. In this capacity, Mr. Williams provides direction, oversight and management of the Department's Information Technology [IT] activities. As the CIO, Mr. Williams is responsible for a $379.2 million budget, 265 employees and developing, modernizing and enhancing HUD's outdated information systems. Prior to this, Mr. Williams served as the deputy CIO at the Department of the Interior [DOI] where he was responsible for ensuring that DOI met all of its IT requirements in Security, Architecture, IT Capital Investment Planning and Records Management.
Prior to serving as the deputy CIO at the Department of the Interior, Mr. Williams was the Director of Financial Management for the Director of National Intelligence. In this capacity, he was responsible for leading all financial management activities for the Intelligence Community [IC]. While there he provided executive leadership, direction, and coordination in the areas of internal control assessment, financial management, pre and post audit activities, and financial system implementation.
Mr. Williams has also served as the acting CIO and deputy CIO of the U.S. Department of Agriculture [USDA], and the acting CIO for the US Small Business Administration [SBA] where he worked tirelessly to improve the FISMA scores of both agencies. During his time as the acting CIO of SBA, he served as the principal Information Technology advisor to the Administrator of the SBA. In this capacity, Mr. Williams was responsible for a large, complex IT environment that had numerous concurrent development projects and architecture issues. He also oversaw major support contracts and directed career employees, who in turn provided technical assistance to the SBA executive staff and all levels of management to integrate value-added IT solutions into corporate business planning processes. In addition, Mr. Williams was responsible for Federal budgeting requirements and Federal IT regulations and guidelines, including those in the Clinger-Cohen and IT Security Acts.
Mr. Williams also served as the Chief of the Federal Financial Management Systems Branch at the Office of Management and Budget [OMB]. During his tenure there, he led a government-wide program responsible for ensuring effective and efficient Federal financial systems through the development of government-wide financial systems and policies and improvement strategies. As the senior authority on Federal financial management systems for the US Government, Mr. Williams both advised and consulted senior agency and OMB officials on Federal financial management systems issues.
With over 20 years of working within the Federal sector, Mr. Williams brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from both the IT and financial management sectors. He also sits on the Board of the American Council for Technology [ACT], a non-profit organization that advises government in understanding, acquiring, and using IT resources effectively and efficiently.
Mr. Williams began his federal career with the Department of Defense in 1984, and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the fields of financial management and IT. In these capacities, Mr. Williams has been both extremely productive and highly dedicated leading a number of both Department-wide and Government-wide initiatives with valor and distinction.
Mr. Williams attended Cheyney University and Troy University majoring in Accounting and Public Administration. He also holds a professional certification in financial management.