Written by John Hewitt Jones
Senior government technician Bill Hunt has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Center of Excellence in the Cloud.
He assumes the role of assistant director in the unit, having previously worked as an architect in chief business in the Small Business Administration (SBA). Hunt reports directly to the agency’s chief information officer, David Bottom.
Prior to working at the SBA, he was head of cloud policy at the Office of Management and Budget, and was previously an expert in digital services for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Early in his career, Hunt held front-line development roles in nonprofits, including the Sunlight Foundation and the OpenGov Foundation. He previously worked in the private sector, including as a developer at WillowTree Apps and Boyd Caton and Grant Transportation Group.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress commissioned the SBA to distribute about $ 350 billion in small business loans and grants. The agency spends just over $ 100 million a year on computing.
The SEC’s Center of Excellence in the Cloud was created with the goal of accelerating the implementation of new systems in the agency and promoting experimentation. In 2019, the Office of the Inspector General identified shortcomings in the adoption of cloud computing services by the SEC, including the fact that it had not effectively implemented the strategy or pursued related objectives.
The SEC did not respond to a request for comment on Hunt’s appointment.