Director, Spectrum Policy and Programs Directorate, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (CIO)
VERNITA HARRIS is a member of the Senior Executive Service and serves as the Director Electromagnetic Spectrum Enterprise Policy & Programs. In this role, she provides executive leadership, strategic guidance, implementation and direction for management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum, develops and coordinates DoD’s spectrum, Internet, and information and telecommunication policy positions with the Department of State, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Mrs. Harris serves as the focal point for all matters pertaining to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She leads a team of policy experts that coordinates with other federal agencies, our international partners in support of the Department’s and DoD CIO’s missions, goals and objectives regarding the management and use of the electromagnetic spectrum, Internet and information and telecommunications policy goals. Mrs. Harris began her Federal career in 1999 with the Department of Commerce, NTIA’s Office of Spectrum Management (OSM) where she provided strong leadership necessary to solve multiple radio frequency spectrum management issues domestically and internationally. In 2007, Mrs. Harris transitioned to the Office of International Affairs (OIA) and subsequently became the Deputy Associate Administrator for overall domestic and international policy strategies affecting Internet policymaking, standards development issues, governance issues, cybersecurity, emerging technologies and the digital economy. Mrs. Harris has led and served on numerous U.S. Delegations to regional and global intergovernmental organizations, including all major UN ITU treaty-making conferences since 2000. Before joining the U.S. Government, Mrs. Harris worked for Iridium, LLC. Mrs. Harris has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with Minor in Management, from Trinity College, Washington, D.C.