Robert Rovinsky, Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

Robert “Bob” Rovinsky is a Principal at Deep Water Point, where he helps companies do business with the Federal Aviation Administration, and he works part time, as a senior analyst with Eagle One Solutions, to assist USAID in their implementation of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA).  Bob also worked implementing FITARA (as a re-employed annuitant) for the Chief Information Officer of the Commerce department from September 2015 through June 2018.  Bob is also a senior fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at George Washington University’s School of Professional Studies.

Prior to his retirement from Federal Service in 2012, Dr. Rovinsky directed an office responsible for reviewing and improving all IT investment decisions within the office of the CIO of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  His office reviewed the capital investment business cases (Exhibit 300s/Exhibit 53) for all IT investments (over 2 billion dollars annually) to make sure that the agency was a good steward of its share of federal funds.  As part of this effort, Bob led the implementation of earned value management (EVM) in the FAA, for which he received the first Gary Christle leadership award from the Project Management Institute’s College of Performance Measurement.  He and his office led the effort that resulted in the FAA Air Traffic Modernization Program being removed from the GAO High Risk List, and he helped other agencies implement EVM and in their efforts to remove their programs from the GAO High Risk List.  His office also conducted software and process engineering reviews of FAA programs and was responsible for forms, directives, Section 508 compliance, and records management. He co-chaired the Civilian Agencies Industry Working Group for the National Defense Industrial Association, which aims to share best practices in project management between industry and government.  Bob’s office was also heavily involved in a major overhaul of FAA’s privacy program and upgraded and led an effort to modernize the agency’s records and e-discovery program.  Bob also led an effort to review and justify the Satellite Navigation Program (a ten billion dollar investment) at the request of Congress and the FAA’s Administrator.

Before coming to the FAA, Dr. Rovinsky directed the Office of Research and Statistics of Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was responsible for all software systems used by the County and for the statistical and economic analyses used in County decision-making. Before that, he was the Senior Information Manager and leader of an Operations Research Group within the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service.

Bob has consulted in the areas of information technology, statistics, and management in Egypt, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Costa Rica, and Morocco, and has taught Fiscal Leadership, Financial Management, Strategic Planning and Performance Measurement, Operations Research, Engineering, and Statistics at several universities, including the University of the District of Columbia, Catholic University, and Williams College.  He most recently taught finance as an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Center for Public Leadership and at Georgetown University’s School for Continuing Studies.  Bob was recognized with Georgetown’s Tropeia Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2011 and their Dean’s Service Award in 2012.  He holds a doctoral degree in Operations Research and a Masters degree in Mathematics, both from Cornell University, a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a CIO Certificate from the National Defense University.  Bob is married and has two college age daughters. In Bob's spare time, he is a professional storyteller.