Joe Hungate – Neat Stuff?

Joe hungate

I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous. If you look at what ails Fed IT, it’s not tech – you can distill it down to communications and finance. So what if you had a Fed exec who’s in touch with tech, bounces with a balance sheet, and knows how to get his point across? Let me introduce you to Joe Hungate, deputy CFO at HUD. It’s a name from Yorkshire in England – meaning water gate – not like Nixon – and Mr. Hungate’s carrying the water for government efficiency – and something a little stronger – read on.

I met Joe when he was CIO at IRS TIGTA – and blazing the trail on telework and mobility. He then served as a detailee investigator for House Appropriations. Now he’s pulling finance levers at HUD. So, I thought I knew Joe pretty well…

Turns out, in addition to his day job, Joe’s a Scottish whisky aficionado – Joe assures me dropping the ‘e’ is consistent to the Highland heritage of the hooch. Now, who doesn’t like a tipple every now and again? But did you ever buy your own barrel? Seems Mr. Hungate acquired a taste for whisky in the Highlands. But, as if a barrel wasn’t enough, he’s partner and CFO in the Virginia Distillery Company, a new whisky distillery in Lovingston – that’s 30 minutes south of Charlottesville. Check out the bottle – no ‘e’.

I’ll raise my glass to a Fed exec who’s triple distilled – tech, finance, and communications – and in touch with Hill appropriations. Here’s to Joe Hungate – hitting with all three hands, and far from your average Joe…

Steve O'Keeffe
About Steve O'Keeffe
Steve O'Keeffe is the founder of MeriTalk, the government IT network. MeriTalk is an online community that hosts professional networking, thought leadership, and focused events to drive the government IT dialogue. A 20-year veteran of the government IT community, O'Keeffe has worked in government and industry. In addition to MeriTalk, he founded Mobile Work Exchange, GovMark Council, and O’Keeffe & Company.
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