18F Co-Founder Snow Announces He is Leaving Government

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Aaron Snow, senior adviser for the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, announced he is leaving government on Feb. 28.

Rob Cook, commissioner of TTS, said Snow’s four-year renewable term is almost up and that Snow has found a new job.

Aaron Snow. (Photo: LinkedIn)

Snow previously served as director of GSA’s 18F organization; he began his position at TTS in October. 18F was the subject of a scathing inspector general report released Feb. 21. According to OIG, Snow and his fellow IT leaders at GSA “routinely disregarded and circumvented” the agency’s security and acquisition policies.

In the report, Snow stated that concern for policy compliance is relatively new at 18F. According to Snow, there was not a lot of concern over IT security policies when 18F was launched in March 2014, and that 18F leadership was “hands-off.”

In addition to Snow, the report calls out GSA’s then-head of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies Phaedra Chrousos, Chief Information Officer David Shive, and 18F Director of Infrastructure Noah Kunin.

“Neither Chrousos nor Snow told of any efforts on their part to engage GSA IT in order for their executive teams to gain a firm understanding of how GSA IT policies affect 18F operations,” OIG’s report states. “Ultimately, Chrousos’ and Snow’s indifference to GSA IT policies contributed to the compliance breakdown.”

MeriTalk’s email to Snow for comment could not be delivered to his GSA email account. GSA did not return MeriTalk’s request for comment by press time.

However, Snow took to Twitter early Thursday morning, responding to an inquiry by Federal Communications Commission CIO David Bray about 18F’s cost recovery model.

 

2 Comments
  1. Anonymous | - Reply
    Must be nice to break the law, collect a GS-15 salary, leave a trail of disaster in a Federal agency, and have civil servants clean up your mess. Great job, Aaron.
  2. Anonymous | - Reply
    sad to see 18F and Aaron create a big mess and then leave saying 'not my department anymore'. good on the FCC CIO for asking for more details and accountability for 18F's costs and overhead.

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