More openings at OMB than just VanRoekel

The E-Government office isn’t just losing Steve VanRoekel, but a steady stream of key policy analysts have left over the last year.

The latest is Scott Renda, who has been at OMB for about five years. Renda’s last day was Sept. 12. Sources say Renda is moving to Seattle and joining Amazon Web Services, where he will be working in a strategic position looking at how best to expand the company globally.

At OMB, Renda worked on initiatives ranging from PortfolioStat to implementing the Open Data Executive Order and policy to cloud computing and data center consolidation initiatives.

Sources say Renda was replaced by Trevor Rudolph, who has worked at OMB on cybersecurity strategy issues since 2012.

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Renda becomes at least the third e-government office staff member to leave. Dominic Sale left in January to take a detail to the General Services Administration and now is the acting deputy associate administrator in the Office of Governmentwide Policy. Haley Van Dyck left the e-gov office in June, but ended up joining the Digital Services Group under Mikey Dickerson.

The White House’s tech staff isn’t losing everyone. Jenn Gustetic, NASA’s Prizes and Challenges Program Executive, joined the Office of Science and Technology Policy this week on a one-year detail.

Gustetic said in an email obtained by Federal News Radio that she will be the assistant director for open innovation in the Technology and Innovation Division of OSTP.

“In this role, I will work on scaling the use of open innovation approaches like prizes, crowdsourcing, and citizen science across the federal government building on the monumental leadership of OSTP’s Cristin Dorgelo and leveraging NASA’s depth and breadth of experience with these tools for almost a decade,” she wrote.

OSTP promoted Dorgelo to chief of staff this week as well.

Gustetic has been leading NASA’s prizes and challenges efforts for almost three years.

Another IT executive is calling it quits after more almost 30 years in government. Sources say Eric Won, the Small Business Administration’s director of performance and program evaluation, and entrepreneur development, is retiring in the next two weeks.

Sources say Won will return to the private sector where he will be a senior official at a service disabled veteran-owned small business firm in Washington metro area, which focuses on cybersecurity.

Won has held assorted high-level IT management roles during his career, including deputy associate CIO at the Agriculture Department, chief technologist for governmentwide policy at GSA and, most recently, SBA’s chief information and privacy officer.

Finally, Bob Brese, former Energy CIO, announced his big secret new job. Brese, who left government Sept. 5 after almost 30 years of service, joined Gartner Executive Programs where he will advise public and private sector CIOs, and other IT executives on meeting the cybersecurity challenge and managing associated IT and organizational risk.

This post is part of Jason Miller’s Inside the Reporter’s Notebook feature. Read more from this edition of Jason’s Notebook.