Paige Atkins, formerly with DISA, is returning to the government on the civilian side. (Mike Morones/Staff)
After nearly three years away from government, former Defense Information Systems Agency official Paige Atkins is returning to the public sector.
Atkins is taking over as deputy associate administrator for spectrum planning and policy at the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The new job is likely to build on her previous experience at DISA, where she served as director of strategic planning and information from June 2010 to September 2011, and also previously spent four years at DoD as DISA’s director of Defense Spectrum Organization.
In between posts at Commerce and DISA, Atkins was vice president for cyber and IT research at the Virginia Tech Applied Research Corporation.
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Atkins’ background also is likely to come into play as the Defense Department partners with other government agencies, including NTIA, in sharing and improving spectrum use. In February then-DoD CIO Teri Takai and Karl Nebbia, associate administrator for the Office of Spectrum Management at NTIA, held a joint press conference outlining the two agencies’ joint efforts in establishing new strategies for spectrum use amid growing demand for bandwidth.
“Recognizing the important role that spectrum plays in continued innovation, job creation economic growth, the administration is moving aggressively to enhance spectrum efficiency and enable access to more spectrum for consumer services and applications,” Nebbia said at the Pentagon press briefing. “The longer term spectrum needs for government agencies and industry alike can only be met through spectrum sharing. And we are looking for a top-to-bottom commitment from all stakeholders to make it happen.”