Ira HobbsFederal Government Advisor
As the Federal Government Advisor at J3 Consulting, Ira L. Hobbs’ focus is building long-lasting relationships with new and existing government clients. In his role, he serves as a coach to J3’s chief executive officer, contributing his expertise and guidance as she navigates through the federal government’s massive landscape. In addition, he is a key Brand Ambassador, introducing the company’s offerings and capabilities to future clients that would benefit from J3’s support services.
Before coming to J3 Consulting, Mr. Hobbs served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology (IT) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and as Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Mr. Hobbs was responsible for providing broad leadership in planning, budgeting, acquiring, and managing IT resources. This included formulating policies and programs to maximize the value of IT investments and minimize risks. In addition, Mr. Hobbs represented the Treasury and Agriculture agencies’ IT interests with external stakeholders, other Federal agencies, the U.S. Congress, and various private sector entities.
During his federal career, Mr. Hobbs served as co-chair of the Federal CIO Council’s Workforce Committee whose goal was to improve the recruitment, retention, and skills of the federal IT workforce. For his leadership, Mr. Hobbs was selected by Federal Computer Week as a recipient of the Fed 100 Award for five consecutive years, and ultimately inducted into their Hall of Fame.
He is a member of Greater Leadership Washington’s, Class of 1996, former President of the Association for Federal Information Resources Management and was Vice Chair at large of the Industry Advisory Council.
Mr. Hobbs is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at Florida A&M University and received a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Florida State University. He currently lives in Mitchellville, MD., along with his wife Deborah and son, Ira Lynn.