Adam Hughes has more than 20 years of experience in the Federal Government. He served on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee as Director of Outreach and Strategic Planning for Chairman Kent Conrad and was the Senior Advisor to the Federal CIO Council at the General Services Administration, where he helped the Office of Management and Budget and executive branch agencies develop and implement IT policy across the federal government.
Mr. Hughes was the co-creator and developer of the first fully-searchable, online federal spending database called FedSpending.org, which received millions of unique visitors every year. After the successful launch of FedSpending.org, he helped conceive, draft, and pass federal legislation – the Federal Funding, Accountability, and Transparency Act (FFATA) – with Sens. Coburn and Obama requiring for the first time federal disclosure of public spending data online in fully searchable, machine-readable formats including HTML, ASCII, and XML. After passage of the FFATA, Mr. Hughes helped negotiate the licensing of FedSpending.org software, database architecture, and proprietary data to the U.S. Federal Government to become basis of government site required by FFATA – what is today knows as USAspending.gov.
Mr. Hughes’s areas of expertise are federal budget and tax policy, the congressional budget process, government relations, government contracting and performance systems, federal information technology policy, government data systems, Congress, OMB, the federal legislative and regulatory process, data transparency initiatives, and public sector marketing and communications.
His Grant Thornton client experience includes the creation of the Farm Production and Conservation Business Center at the USDA (as an IT Subject Matter Expert), and as the project manager helping the Treasury Department, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Office of Financial Innovation and Transformation create the Financial Management Standards Committee (FMSC).
He has a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy, from Boston College and M.A. in American Government, from Georgetown University. He received the Fed 100 award in 2013.