E-Gov & IT Leadership
Director, Office of Management and Budget
Jim Nussle is the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. On Tuesday, September 4, 2007, he was confirmed by the Senate with a broad, bipartisan vote.
Jim began his 25 years of public service after his graduation from Luther College (BA ’83) in Decorah, IA, and from Drake University Law School (JD ’85) in Des Moines, IA.
In 1986, he was elected the Delaware County Attorney, the chief law enforcement officer and prosecutor of the county. And in 1990, Jim ran for Congress and was elected the youngest Member of Congress at age 30.
Jim served on key committees during his 16 years in the Congress, including the Agriculture, Banking, and Ways and Means Committees. He also was elected by his peers to Chair the House Budget Committee during some of the most challenging fiscal times our country has experienced including September 11th, economic recession, and the global war on terror. Jim successfully developed and approved six budgets which helped reduce the deficit and restrain government spending while investing in our economic growth and national security.
In 2007 Jim retired from Congress after he was chosen to be the Republican nominee for Governor of Iowa in 2006.
Jim and his wife Karen live in Manchester, Iowa, with his two teenage children.
Clay Johnson III
Deputy Director of Management, Office of Management and Budget
Clay Johnson is the Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget. The Deputy Director for Management provides government-wide leadership to Executive Branch agencies to improve agency and program performance. Prior to this he was the Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, responsible for the organization that identifies and recruits approximately 4,000 senior officials, middle management personnel and part-time board and commission members.
From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Johnson worked with Governor George W. Bush in Austin, first as his Appointments Director, then as his Chief of Staff, and then as the Executive Director of the Bush-Cheney Transition.
Mr. Johnson has been the Chief Operating Officer for the Dallas Museum of Art and the President of the Horchow and Neiman Marcus Mail Order companies. He also has worked for Citicorp, Wilson Sporting Goods and Frito Lay.
He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Masters degree from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. In Austin, he helped create the Texas State History Museum, and was also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas Graduate School of Business. In Dallas, he served as President of the Board of Trustees for St. Marks School of Texas, and as a Board Member of Equitable Bankshares, Goodwill Industries of Dallas, and the Dallas Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization.
Karen S. Evans
Administrator of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget
Karen Evans is the Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology (IT) at the Office of Management and Budget. In this role, she oversees the implementation of Information Technology throughout the Federal government including advising the Director on the performance of the approximately $65 billion dollars spent yearly on federal IT investments. Ms. Evans oversees the development of enterprise architectures within and across agencies, directs the activities of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council, and oversees the usage of the E-Government Fund to support interagency partnerships and innovation. Ms. Evans also has responsibilities in the areas of capital planning and investment control, information security, privacy, accessibility for persons with disabilities, and access to, dissemination of, and preservation of government information.
Prior to serving as Administrator, Ms. Evans was the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Department of Energy. There she was responsible for the design, implementation, and successful operation of Information Technology (IT) programs and initiatives throughout the Department and its offices. Additionally during this period, Ms. Evans served as Vice-Chairman of the Federal Chief Information Officers Council. Elected to this post in December 2002, she coordinated the Council’s efforts in developing federal IT programs and improving agency information resource practices.
Earlier, Ms. Evans served as Director of the Information Resources Management Division at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs (OJP). There she was responsible for the management and successful operation of the Information Technology program. OJP provides funding for initiatives such as Safe Schools, the Safe Start Program, Community Prosecution, Native American Tribal Courts and other programs of local, state and national interest. During her tenure, Ms. Evans implemented an on-line grants management system to process grants from discretionary, formula and large block programs thereby streamlining capabilities to ensure the expeditious processing of claims benefits to families of public safety officers affected by the September 11th attacks.
Prior to joining OJP, she served as the Assistant Director for Information Services at DOJ Headquarters where she successfully managed Internet resources for the Department. Ms. Evans also served as the acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Management Information Systems, Deputy Director for the Applications Management Division and the Chief of Emerging Technology at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Home Administration. There she managed the nationwide implementation, from inception to operation, of several critical automation systems.
She is a 25 year veteran of Government service holding positions ranging from GS-2 to SES, and has further served at the National Park Service and the Office of Personnel Management.
Ms. Evans holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and a Master of Business Administration degree from West Virginia University. Her and her husband Randy have two children and reside in Martinsburg, WV.