Lawrence Hale Director of the Center for Strategic Solutions and Security Services in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)
Lawrence Hale is Director of the Center for Strategic Solutions and Security Services in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). His current programs include SmartBUY, the HSPD-12 Managed Services Office, the Security Services Division including Federal PKI, and Cloud Computing acquisition programs. Prior to returning to GSA in 2008, he served as Acting Director, National Communications System in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He spent more than two years as Chief Information Security Officer of Affiliated Computer Services, a Fortune 500 Information Technology company. Previously, as Director of the Federal Computer Incident Response Center, Hale led the transition of that organization from GSA into DHS, and served as Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).
While an officer in the United States Navy, Hale served as an information assurance action officer in the Joint Staff’s Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems Directorate (J-6). While at the Pentagon, he was a member of the Joint Staff Information Operations Response Cell during a number of cyber events and exercises which helped shape the U.S. Government’s cybersecurity policy.
In January 1999, he became the first military officer assigned to the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC). While at the NIPC, Hale worked to improve the process of issuing warnings about cyber-related events and served on the Year 2000 (Y2K) task force in the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Hale retired from the U.S. Navy as a commander in 2001. He has a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a master’s in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He was a Federal Computer Week, Federal 100 Award winner in 2003.