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André Mendes

CIO, Department of Commerce

Federal Leadership

Andre Mendes has been a beacon of leadership for the Department of Commerce since April of 2020, overseeing an IT budget of nearly $4 billion across the department and its bureaus. In August, going into the new fiscal year, Mendes shared his top priorities with FedScoop, which include the evolution and journey to zero-trust security, unifying the IT strategy of the bureaus across the department, and better recruiting and retaining IT talent to support this innovative work the department is focused on. With that latter point, in particular, Mendes said recently the shortage of cyber talent has created a sort of talent war within the federal government, where agencies often are forced to “poach” IT professionals from each other.