Navin VembarCTO

Navin has been in the IT world for more than 20 years, starting as a developer and eventually ending up as an executive. He’s written code for the Producer Price Index program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and was the program manager for the modernization of the Aeronautical Information Management system at the Federal Aviation Administration. At the General Services Administration, he led the SAM.gov IT rescue team after a failed launch in 2012. He and his team stabilized the system that manages procurement information for all government agencies after 4 months. After that, he then guided it to a DevOps strategy for delivery, including building out the first platform-as-a-service at the agency.

For the past 2.5 years, Navin has been the the Chief Technology Officer of the GSA, he brought DevSecOps and Agile delivery approaches to the GSA, a focus on the user, and improvements to the GSA’s cloud environment. As much as he loves changing the direction of an entire agency, one of his favorite workdays of the last few months included an afternoon of pair-programming with one of his team members.