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Peter Fonash

Special Assistant to the Staff Director, Federal Reserve Board


Since May 2010 Peter Fonash has been Special Assistant to the Staff Director, Federal Reserve Board. Prior to his current position, he was the Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity And Communications ( CS&C) from 2007-2010. During this time frame he assumed multiple additional duties: Acting Director of National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) (March 2009-May 2010), Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary from (December 2009 – June 2010), and Director National Command and Coordination Capability (June 2007-January 2009) . 

From 20004-2007 Peter Fonash was Deputy Manager and Director of the National Communications System (NCS). From 1998 until July 2004, he was Chief, NCS Technology and Programs Division. He managed priority communications services technology development, nationwide acquisition and service deployment, network modeling and analysis, specialized telecommunications research and development, and priority services standards.

Before arriving at the NCS, he was the Chief of the Defense Information System’s Agency Joint Combat Support Applications Division, managing technical software integration services and software deployment to the combat command communities and guiding military department’s applications’ compliance with the standard common operational environment. Additionally, he worked for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence, and was responsible for Defense communications infrastructure policy and program oversight. He was also Chairman of the Office of the Secretary of Defense Information Technology (IT) Architecture Council. 

From 1986 to 1994 Peter Fonash held various Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) technical positions, including Director of Technology, and Chief of the Advanced Technology Office. He wrote DISA’s strategic plan for transitioning from a communications agency to an information services agency and managed the development of the Technical Architecture for Information Management—the forerunner of today’s Enterprise Architecture. 

Before joining the Federal government, he worked for AT&T and the Burroughs Corporation (Unisys). 

Peter Fonash has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Information Technology and Engineering from George Mason University. His PHD dissertation was on software reuse metrics.