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Government IT Incompetents Hall Of Shame



To understand and appreciate the Government IT Incompetents Hall Of Shame (ITIHOS) be sure to read the Principles of IT Incompetence, right up to The IT Incompetents Hall Of Shame (ITIHOS).

Alphabetical by last name or search for name or organization. Because of overlap, between government and business with its revolving door for example, some IT incompetents are listed in more than one ITIHOS, although they have only one entry.


Democrats, U.S. House of Representatives, IT, dunce, Imran Awan

Awan, Imran



U.S. House of Representatives Democrats' IT tech, Jan 2004 - ~Feb 2017, when the criminal investigation of him convinced most, but not all, Democratic Representatives to stop employing him.

Little IT education. Probably unlike Awan's employers and the media, I actually checked his claimed education. He went to a community college (see 10. No IT Education: For-Profit and Community Colleges, Other Training in Principles of IT Incompetence) then in Jan 2002 transferred to Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to get a BS in Information Systems. However, he went to JHU's Carey Business School so his degree is a business degree not an IT degree; see 1. What Is IT? Networking in Principles of IT Incompetence. Even before graduating in May 2004, he went to work (Jan 2004) for Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, so the degree couldn't have been too hard.


Accenture-GSA fake CISO Mohammed Berlas

Berlas, Mohammed



General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Jan 2019 - present, Jul 2018 - Sep 2018. GSA Security Engineering Director, Oct 2018 - present, Nov 2013 - Jun 2018. IT incompetent GSA essentially outsourced its CISO job to IT incompetent Accenture.

No IT education. Only a BS in finance and management.


Proofpoint, FCC, fake, SVP IT, Yahoo, Lyn Campbell.

Campbell, Lyn



Proofpoint Senior Vice President (SVP) for Global Operations and Information Technology (IT), Dec 2018 - present. Proofpoint Corporate Vice President for Global Operations, May 2014 - present. IT incompetent Proofpoint provides cybersecurity services, particularly for email, to the U.S. Government, particularly the IT incompetent Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Yahoo! Production Engineering Leader, Jun 2007 - May 2014. Yahoo! Senior Director Home Page & Verticals Production Engineering, Oct 2011 - Apr 2014.


USPS, fake, CISO, Gregory Crabb.

Crabb, Gregory



U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post data breach and data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), May 2015 - present. The USPS also considers itself a business, e.g. its website is usps.com not usps.gov.

No IT education. Only a BA in accounting.

$198,790 is Crabb's most recent annual salary as of May 2019 according to my FOIA request to USPS. ...


CTU-Accenture-GSA fake CISO Nicole Dean.

Dean, Nicole



Accenture Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Jun 2017 - present. IT incompetent Accenture is a leading provider of IT services to the U.S. Government, particularly the IT incompetent General Services Administration (GSA).

Fake IT education. Only a 1-year(!) MSM (Master of Science in Management) in information systems security from Colorado Technical University (CTU; nothing to do with the State of Colorado; named only to deceive), a notorious for-profit college that is considered fraudulent by the U.S. Government and 48 states, who sued CTU for $500 million for deception about the value of its education, which is essentially worthless (to employers who were even a little knowledgeable). No other college so essentially Dean didn't even go to college. Much like the CIA's CIO John Edwards getting his only college education from the shuttered student-loan-scam ITT Technical Institute.


ITT-Accenture-CIA fake CIO John Edwards.

Edwards, John



Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief Information Officer (CIO), Feb 2016 - present. Previously worked for IT incompetent Accenture.

Fake IT education. Only a 2-year(!) BASc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from ITT Technical Institute (nothing to do with ITT the telecom company), a notorious for-profit college that was shut down by the U.S. Government for being a student loan scam, providing little educational value and worthless degrees (to employers who were even a little knowledgeable). No other college so essentially Edwards didn't even go to college.


University of Phoenix, Booz Allen Hamilton, NASA Glenn Research Center fake CIO Sean Gallagher.

Gallagher, Sean



NASA Glenn Research Center post data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO), Jul 2012 - present. Booz Allen Hamilton Senior IT Manager, May 2004 - Jun 2012. U.S. Army, May 2000 - May 2004.

Fake IT education. MS in Computer Information Systems from the University of Phoenix, 2001 - 2003. U Phoenix is a notorious for-profit college that is widely-acknowledged as nothing more than a giant student loan scam, providing little educational value and worthless degrees (to employers who are even a little knowledgeable). The only thing you have to do to get a degree from U Phoenix is pay years of the exorbitant tuition.


Accenture-GSA fake CISO Kurt Garbars.

Garbars, Kurt



General Services Administration (GSA) Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Sep 2000 - Jun 2018 (retired). IT incompetent GSA essentially outsourced its CISO job to IT incompetent Accenture.

No IT education. Only a BS in chemical engineering (this is not an IT degree), an MBA (Master of Business Administration), a 1-year(!) Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (1-year so can't be real) from a low-ranked college, and working on a Master's in viticulture and oenology in Australia.


OPM fake CIO David Garcia.

Garcia, David



Office of Personnel Management (OPM) post data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO), Oct 2017 - present.

No IT education. Only a BSc in political science.

$179,700 is Garcia's most recent annual salary as of Feb 2019 according to my FOIA request to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). This is outrageous. Many doctors and lawyers don't make that much and, unlike Garcia, they are at least qualified; by law they have to be.


Proofpoint logo, FCC seal, Cybersecurity EVP, Hillary 2016 presidential campaign logo, Department of Commerce seal, Ryan Kalember with Pinocchio nose and bike lock around his laptop, FAKE.

Kalember, Ryan



Proofpoint Executive Vice President (EVP) for Cybersecurity, Jun 2015 - present. IT incompetent Proofpoint provides IT services, particularly email, to the U.S. Government, including the IT incompetent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the IT incompetent Department of Commerce (DOC).

Fake IT education. On Proofpoint's Leadership Team webpage, Kalember claims "He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University, where he studied fault tolerance, cryptography, and authentication algorithms." That list is not a major, just a random collection of cybersecurity-sounding buzzwords. After an investigation it was discovered Kalember was hiding that his only education was a "BA in History in 2000, Classics 2001" and he had been planning to be a fraudulent IT incompetent leader in the computer industry since high school. ...


Accenture-Federal fake CIO Suzette Kent.

Kent, Suzette



Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), the top IT job in the U.S. Government, Feb 2018 - present. Previously worked for IT incompetent Accenture.

No IT education. Louisiana State University says Kent only has a BA in journalism and Kent's LinkedIn page says she only has a BA in advertising and marketing. According to my FOIA request (response of Jun 2020) to the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Kent only has a "Bachelor or Arts – School or Mass Communication-Journalism/Advertising with dual minor in Latin and Psychology".


BBAH-SEC data breach fake CISO Andrew Krug.

Krug, Andrew



Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) data breach Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Nov 2015 - present. Previously worked for IT incompetent Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH, Booz).

No IT education. Only a BA in economics and an MS in management, according to my FOIA request to the SEC. On his LinkedIn page and elsewhere, Krug tries to imply he has an IT education and hide that he doesn't.


BAH-DHS Cyber fake Jeanette Manfra.

Manfra, Jeanette



Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Jul 2017 - present. Previously worked for IT incompetent Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH, Booz).

No IT education. Only a BA in history and an MA in international relations.


ICANN, fake, IT, Swedish, Goran Marby.

Marby, Goran



Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) CEO and President, May 2016 - present. ICANN is a quasi-governmental supposedly-non-profit corporation that is now very much a business and that is supposed to be entirely composed of IT experts.

No IT education. Only a BS in finance from the University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law), Sweden.


Secret Service fake CIO Kevin Nally.

Nally, Kevin



Secret Service Chief Information Officer (CIO), Nov 2015 - present.

No IT education. Only a BS in agronomy and crop science and a Master's in ship building.

$188,700 is Nally's most recent annual salary as of Feb 2019 according to my FOIA request to the Secret Service (yes, even the Secret Service is subject to FOIA). This is outrageous. Many doctors and lawyers don't make that much and, unlike Nally, they are at least qualified; by law they have to be.


State Department seal, IT, Fake, Bryan Pagliano.

Pagliano, Bryan



Department of State (DOS) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's IT tech, Jan 2009 - Jan 2013. Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign IT director.

No IT education. Only a BA in political science and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).

Pagliano was responsible for setting up and administering the unsecured and illegal email server Hillary Clinton used for government business, some of it top secret. This risked national security -- it was hacked -- and cost Hillary Clinton the presidency.


BAH-NSA fake CIO Susan Penfield.

Penfield, Susan



Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH, Booz) Chief "Innovation" Officer ("CIO"), Apr 2016 - present. IT incompetent Booz is a leading provider of IT services to the U.S. Government, particularly defense and intelligence, like the IT incompetent National Security Agency (NSA).

No IT education. Only a BS in management. But ironically, as Penfield spouts everywhere, she is "passionate about mentoring and advocating for women in STEM careers" (STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Math; see STEM Is Not IT Education in Principles). ...


BAH-SEC fake CIO Chuck Riddle.

Riddle, Chuck



Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chief Information Officer (CIO), Oct 2018 - present. SEC data breach Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Nov 2016 - Oct 2018. Previously worked for IT incompetent Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH, Booz).

No IT education. Only a BA in communications (the dumb jock major not telecommunications) and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).


USPS, fake, CIO, Kristin Seaver.

Seaver, Kristin



U.S. Postal Service (USPS) post data breach and data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO), Apr 2016 - present. The USPS also considers itself a business, e.g. its website is usps.com not usps.gov.

No IT education. Only a BS in industrial engineering (despite its name, this is more of a business management field; it's certainly not IT) and an MBA (Master of Business Administration).


OPM dunce CIO Donna Seymour.

Seymour, Donna



Office of Personnel Management (OPM) data breach Chief Information Officer (CIO), Dec 2013 - Feb 2016. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), position unknown, 2016? - present.

Little IT education. Only a BS in computer science (she claims) from a low-ranked college. Even from a good university that is not enough for a large organization's CIO.


BAH/NSA Dell/CIA IT fake Edward Snowden.

Snowden, Edward



Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH, Booz) IT tech, contracted to the IT incompetent National Security Agency (NSA), in 2013 when he hacked the NSA then fled to Russia to avoid capture and execution for espionage. Previously a Dell IT tech, contracted to the IT incompetent Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in 2012 when he hacked the CIA undiscovered. Currently, an oft-quoted media darling.

No IT education. High school dropout.


LookingGlass Secret Service dunce CIO Allan Thomson.

Thomson, Allan



LookingGlass Cyber Solutions Chief Technology Officer (CTO; Chief Information Officer (CIO) equivalent), Aug 2013 - present. IT incompetent LookingGlass provides IT services to the IT incompetent Secret Service.

Little IT education. Only a BS in computer science from the low-ranked University of Glasgow.

Foreigner: British. BS from the University of Glasgow and British universities are well-known for Russian agents.


CIA fake CIO Doug Wolfe.

Wolfe, Doug



Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Chief Information Officer (CIO), Oct 2013 - Feb 2016, preceding current IT incompetent CIA CIO.

No IT education. Only a BS in mechanical engineering, which is not an IT degree.

On Wolfe's watch, the CIA may have been hacked. Because he knows he is an IT incompetent fraud, he initiated outsourcing the CIA's IT to Amazon, which can hire whoever (e.g., Indians in India). Like the NSA, the CIA also hired high school dropout and traitor Edward Snowden and was hacked by him; in fact, most top secret documents stolen by Snowden were from the CIA.