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

Until he left federal service in November 2012, Robert ‘Bob’ Rovinsky directed an office responsible for reviewing and improving all IT investment decisions within the office of the Chief Information Officer 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 is 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 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 modernized the agency’s records program. 

Prior to coming to the FAA, Bob 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, and led the Data Improvement Task force of the American Agricultural Economics Association.

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 Georgetown, George Washington University, Catholic University, Williams College, the USDA Graduate School, Cornell University, and the University of the District of Columbia.  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, and has published widely on the applications of Operations Research. He did his undergraduate work in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, took graduate work at George Washington University in economics and managerial accounting, and earned, with distinction, the CIO Certificate from the Information Resources Management College of the National Defense University. Bob is married and has two teenage daughters. In Bob's spare time, he is a professional storyteller.

Bob is currently associated as a consultant with DeepWaterPoint and also operates independently as a consultant under Rovinsky and Associates, LLC as of February 2014.