FCC’s Bray changes mind, heading to ‘social-benefit’ org, not NGA

David Bray, the Federal Communications Commission chief information officer, had planned to move to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in September. But instead, Bray told staff in an email he is heading to the ‘social-benefit’ private sector.

Bray will leave government and take on the executive director role for the People-Centered Internet initiative.

“The People-Centered Internet seeks to recognize and award global projects that measurably improve people’s lives and livelihoods through community-based use of the internet,” Bray said in an email to staff obtained by Federal News Radio. “I also will be a Marshall Memorial Fellow traveling to Europe in early 2018 to meet with leaders on shared Europe and U.S. concerns.”

Bray already was a senior fellow and executive-in-residence at PCI. Vint Cerf is the chairman and co-founder of PCI.

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In June, Bray announced he would join the NGA in a new position, where he would have focused on public-private partnerships, the adoption of machine learning and artificial intelligence and other internal agency processes.

Christine Calvosa has been acting FCC CIO since Bray went on paternity leave in June.

Bray said he also would pursue private consulting roles on machine learning and data integration strategies.

“My specific start date for this next chapter will be sometime before the end of September, once I finish my family leave with the adoption and complete the out-processing with human resources,” Bray wrote. “A big thank you for everything that each of you do to help move FCC forward. 2017 so far has been particularly busy and your dedication is truly appreciated.”

Bray and Diane, his wife, adopted a baby boy named Dylan in June, and Bray has been on paternity leave since then.

Bray has been with the FCC since 2013, where he has led an IT transformation approach that includes public cloud, modernizing applications and eliminating data centers.

Among his biggest accomplishments over the last four years is reducing by 35 percent the amount money the FCC spends on legacy IT.