Luke J. McCormack, former chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, takes over as the new host of the Federal Executive Forum on Federal News Radio 1500 AM and FederalNewsRadio.com. McCormack will continue the spirit of the Federal Executive Forum by focusing on the positive work and innovative technology programs happening throughout government today such as big data, DevOps, cloud computing, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and many more.
“Luke McCormack’s extensive background in federal information technology makes him the perfect successor to Jim Flyzik,” said Tom Trezza, president of Trezza Media Group, which sponsors the program. “His experience and knowledge of government’s inner workings, as well as his background spearheading the types of initiatives we’ll address on the program will allow him to build upon the foundation Jim helped create on the Federal Executive Forum. I am delighted to welcome him to the program,” Trezza said.
McCormack’s federal technology career also included stops at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection and the Justice Department, where he served as CIO and deputy assistant attorney general for Information Resources Management.
McCormack succeeds the retiring Jim Flyzik, who hosted and co-produced the Federal Executive Forum for 12 years. Together, Trezza and Flyzik created the monthly hour-long thought leadership series on Federal News Radio 1500 AM and FederalNewsRadio.com, which brings together top government IT executives and their industry counterparts to highlight successful IT and mission-critical technology programs in government.
Flyzik began his government career with the Secret Service before joining the Treasury Department, where he served as CIO. After 9/11, Flyzik moved to the White House as the senior advisor to Gov. Tom Ridge, who was later named the first secretary of the Homeland Security Department.
“After 12 years and 160 shows, I can’t thank Jim enough for his contributions and commitment to the Federal Executive Forum,” Trezza said. “We will continue to work every day to bring the same enthusiasm and excitement to the program that Jim did. I will miss him both personally and professionally, but I am excited for Jim as he moves on to the next chapter in his life.”
The Federal Executive Forum kicks off 2018 with its defense and homeland cybersecurity program on January 30.