Former Chief Information Officer
U.S. International Trade Commission
Kirit Amin was named US International Trade Commission (USITC), Chief Information Officer (CIO) in December 2014. Working directly for the Board of Commissioners he has mapped out near, mid, and long term strategic goals and a roadmap to increase operational efficiency and modernization, increase cyber security posture and awareness, reduce infrastructure risks, and to bring the Commission in compliance with outstanding mandates to include HSPD 12/PIV, TIC/MTIPS, ISCM, etc. He has also already mapped out Data Center goals including moving off-site, redundancy, and modernization – including utilization of Cloud, shared services, and software-as-a-service options. He is actively participating in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) effort; the implementation of ATO/SCAs; and the identification and staffing of required cybersecurity personnel. Kirit has also performed numerous contract reviews to identify and negotiate contract changes to ensure optimal taxpayer value. Changes to budget policies and procedures have made OCIO spending more transparent to the Commission, and more readily provides the governing committees with the necessary information to make expenditure decisions that are in the best interest of the Commission’s core mission. An IT Committee and a robust PMO has been established while undertaking numerous outreach efforts to the Commission’s leaders in order to foster a collaborative and team-based approach to managing operations and project-based initiatives.
Kirit was the U.S. Department of Commerce, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) from November 2012 until his move to USITC in December 2014. In that capacity, Mr. Amin focused on the optimization of the current networks/operations as well as the development of new technologies and service enhancements. He provided leadership and strategic technology implementation, fulfilling the CIO and Department’s IT operational mission, while expanding the use of Department-wide shared services, cloud implementation and emerging technologies.
Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Mr. Amin served as the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at HUD where he provided valuable leadership and vision to help define its 5 year IT Transformation initiatives, acquisition strategy for HUDNET, HUD’s next generation Enterprise Infrastructure including WAN, Data Center and end user functions, shared services strategy and implementation, as well as cloud strategy and implementation. He served as the lead on OMB Mandates such as PortfolioStat and Digital Services Strategy. He also led the platform standardization effort, enterprise strategy for tools while providing strategy and technical vision for transformation initiatives of critical mission programs such as PIH/NGMS & Housing/FHA transformation.
In 2007, following 30+ years in the Private sector of Federal IT, Amin entered the Federal Public service as the Chief Information Officer for the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA), for nearly five years where his leadership was instrumental in transforming the US State Department, Office of Consular Systems and Technology’s [CST] IT operations consisting of a multitude of overlapping legacy systems, to an exemplar cutting edge IT operation, that was recognized as one of the most innovative and successful IT shops in the Federal Government. He served as principal advisor to CA’s Assistant Secretary and the Deputy Assistant Secretaries on all matters related to IT systems, services, and data that support CA operations of visa and passport services, overseas citizenship services, and the Department’s Border Security Program, as well as data and reporting systems required for the management of the Bureau. He served as a senior advisor and participant for various interagency groups, including other bureaus within the US State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Various Intelligence Agencies, the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as international organization such as Interpol, ISO, ICAO etc.
During his long and successful career in the Federal IT private sector at organizations such as Nortel/PEC, Infotec, CSC etc., Amin held progressively increasing responsibilities in the areas of IT program/project portfolio management managing several large scale geographically distributed IT Programs and projects for a wide array of Federal Departments such as Treasury, Agriculture, DHS, DOI, DOT, VA, DOJ, the U.S. Air Force Systems Command, Defense Intelligence Agency, Fannie Mae, the World Bank and many more.
Amin has been honored with numerous awards of excellence for leadership, program management, technical vision and IT strategy from both private and public sector. He has also served in an executive role as President for AFFIRM as well as on the Advisory Council Board of AFCEA.
Amin is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) who received an Executive MS in Technology Management from University of Maryland and a BS in Electrical Engineering from M.S. University.