Deborah Collier serves as the Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy for Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), a private, non-partisan, non-profit organization representing more than one million members and supporters nationwide. Ms. Collier specializes in information technology (IT) and telecommunications policy with a primary focus on cloud computing, IT procurement, information security, data privacy, broadband spectrum allocations, network neutrality, cable industry issues, e-commerce, and emerging technologies.
Prior to joining CAGW in July 2011, Ms. Collier spent five and a half years as Republican Legislative Director for the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, which included four years working on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations minority staff. In this capacity, she assisted the committee’s Ranking Republican Member with legislative and oversight research, as well as the development and drafting of legislation related to information security, data breach notifications, federalprocurement reform and energy sustainability at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Before her appointment to the committee staff, Ms. Collier was the Director of Information Technology for Congressman Steve Buyer (R-Ind.), advising the congressman on technology innovations and purchases, and provided system maintenance and security among other duties. Previously, Ms. Collier worked for Congressman Clarence Miller (R-Ohio) as his head caseworker, legislative assistant for immigration and refugee affairs and computer system administrator.
From 1993 until 2005, Ms. Collier was a member of the House Systems Administrators Association, a congressional staff organization comprised of IT professionals within Member offices. She served as the organization’s President from 2002 to 2005, participating in technology forums and managing monthly meetings with an agenda geared toward educating member offices on using technology to streamline office operations, improve constituent outreach, and increase IT security awareness.
An Ohio native, Ms. Collier holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Ohio University. She resides in Virginia with her husband Kimo and their son.