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Rick Lauderdale - Chief Architect

As the Chief Architect for the Department of Energy, Rick Lauderdale is responsible for leading and defining the Enterprise Architecture (EA) strategic goals and objectives, by helping to develop, maintain, and govern the overall EA requirements across the organization.  This position is responsible for defining the EA methodologies, architecture review process, and for leading the change and integration of those processes with related business and Information Technology (IT) stakeholders.

Mr. Lauderdale supports and provides guidance for various Program and Staff Offices to help develop a strategic path forward via the Architecture Review Board (ARB), which serves as the primary body to oversee the development and use of the Department-wide EA.  Mr. Lauderdale also provides insight to the Enterprise Architecture Configuration Control Board (EA CCB), various Enterprise Architecture work Groups (EA WG’s) as well as providing direction and support for the Open Government / Data.gov initiatives including Energy.Data.gov.  Mr. Lauderdale serves as the DOE representative for the OMB Chief Architect Forum (CAF).  The CAF serves as a formal mechanism for the voice of the Chief Architect Community to be heard by the Architecture and Infrastructure Committee (AIC) Leadership, CIO Council, and OMB.

Mr. Lauderdale began his career in the U.S. Navy where he served as an Aerospace Maintenance Duty Officer with numerous U.S. Navy aviation squadrons and naval carriers.  Mr. Lauderdale is a Vietnam veteran and retired as a Commander in 1992 after 22 years.  His last assignment with the U.S. Navy was with Naval Air Systems Command as the IT Executive Information lead.  Mr. Lauderdale has served the Deputy Director Network Services with the Peace Corps from 1994-1997 where he developed strategic action plans to upgrade both the network and telecommunications infrastructures.  Mr. Lauderdale has spent numerous years within private industry supporting various telecommunications as well as IT initiatives, including the FCC’s network design and installation and relocation of FCC employee’s to the Portals in Washington, DC. 

Within private industry, Mr. Lauderdale was the Deputy Program Manager for DESE Research, supporting the U.S. Army Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM), Installations Services Directorate’s Environmental Division (ISE).  He lead the development of the Army Environmental Programs (AEP) Business Enterprise Architecture (BEA) in direct support of their extensive enterprise Business Transformation (BT) and Information Technology modernization efforts over a four year period.

Mr. Lauderdale's most recent assignment was at the U.S. State Department as the Chief Enterprise Architect where he lead and provided a solid framework for enhancing Cybersecurity/ICAM/HSPD-12 initiatives as well as establishing the Data.gov framework under the Open Government direction.

Mr. Lauderdale received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma.