February 1, 2013

Date: 02/01/2013 Description: Celebrating Black History Month 2013: Michael Austin - State Dept Image

Michael Austin has over 30 years of federal service and currently serves as the Director of Information Systems for the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F.) In that capacity he manages a team of software and database developers, project managers, business analysts, network and system administrators, and software testers. Mr. Austin holds multiple academic degrees and professional certifications including two associates degrees, a BS in computer science, a master’s in software engineering, and professional certifications as a project management professional (PMP) and the chief information officer (CIO) certificate from the National Defense University.

Mr. Austin’s team is currently responsible of the development, testing, deployment, and operations of the Department’s foreign assistance budget formulation and execution system called Foreign Assistance Coordination and Tracking System (FACTS Info). FACTS Info is deployed to over 4000 State and USAID users in over 190 locations around the world as well deployed to over 1500 PEPFAR users in 7 external agencies. Mr. Austin’s professional career has included such positions as: software developer, program manager, technical advisor to over 25 USAID Missions on program-funded IT systems, U.S. Army officer, janitor, and farmer.