George J. Jakabcin is the Chief Information Officer for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), a $156 million (FY 2014) Independent Audit/Law Enforcement Treasury Bureau. In fiscal year 2013, TIGTA identified monetary benefits totaling more than $16 billion in IRS recommendations for improved operations. TIGTA (762 staff) is routinely recognized as a best place to work, ranking 8th out of 292 agencies in the Partnership for Public Service’s Best Places to Work in the Government 2013 publication. TIGTA moved up from 13th in the 2012 survey. George is an accomplished executive with over 40 years of experience in information technology, information systems security, telecommunications, and systems integration. He has a proven track record of successfully leading people, driving and managing change, and managing significant programs.
Prior to joining TIGTA, George served as the Assistant Deputy Associate CIO (ADA CIO) – Systems Integration (SI) for the IRS. As ADA CIO – SI George was a key leader in organizational development/change management efforts to deliver integrated project support across all engineering and architecture disciplines. The scope of his responsibilities included systems, infrastructure, and security engineering, enterprise architecture management, data architecture and management, integration and performance testing, portal operations, and modernization and core infrastructure projects. He ensured the effective integration of IT systems engineering and aligned business needs with technical solutions while considering emerging technologies.
George joined the IRS in 2002. As Director, Modernization Security he ensured that the modernized security capabilities adequately safeguard taxpayer and other sensitive data. He established the Security Engineering function within IRS and was responsible for providing executive leadership in the design, development and delivery of a comprehensive Service-wide IT Modernization and System Security program. His team led implementation of numerous technological innovations that garnered awards from the highest levels of the IRS. Prior to joining the IRS, Mr. Jakabcin held leadership positions with Lockheed Martin, GTE/Contel, Satellite Information Service Corporation (SISCORP), Informatics, Lexis/Nexis and Ace-Federal Reporters, Inc.
He was the initial Chair of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC) for the Information Assurance Shared Interest Group (SIG) and led the development of the information assurance approach to security management. He was a 2008 finalist for the Government Information Security Leadership Award. He continues to serve as a government representative on the Cybersecurity SIG Government Advisory Panel (GAP). He also serves on the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), Chief Information Officer’s Working Group.
Mr. Jakabcin holds a Bachelor’s degree from LaSalle University (formerly LaSalle College) and an MBA from Lehigh University. He is a Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP) and also holds the System Security Engineering – Capability Maturity Model Appraiser (SSE-CMM Appraiser) certification.
George is an enthusiastic music, movie and sports fan. He is a competitive tennis player.