WASHINGTON — First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) General Manager Bill D’Agostino announced today that FirstNet has named Randolph M. Lyon as its Chief Financial Officer. Lyon is the third FirstNet senior executive to be hired this year in the ongoing effort to fully staff the management team. He will be responsible for FirstNet financial strategy, management and oversight.
As Lyon officially begins his duties at FirstNet, spending for fiscal year 2013 is within budget. At its August 13 meeting, the FirstNet Board approved a $194 million budget for fiscal year 2014. Lyon has been on detail to FirstNet from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) since March.
“Randy’s involvement with FirstNet pre-dates the law that created FirstNet in 2012. He has been an invaluable resource, and I am pleased that he has decided to join the FirstNet senior management team,” said D’Agostino. “I look forward to working with Randy to ensure we are well positioned financially to build a robust, public-safety broadband network that offers compelling services to users and is self-sustaining for decades to come.”
Randy joins FirstNet from OMB where he led the Commerce Branch responsible for budget, management and policy matters involving the Department of Commerce, the Federal Communications Commission, the Small Business Administration and several smaller agencies. These agencies execute programs with budgets totaling more than $20 billion annually.
In his role at OMB, Randy helped develop and oversee implementation of a wide variety of telecommunications, technology, environmental, economic and information policies carried out by these agencies. Lyon had a key role in developing the Administration’s proposal that led to the creation of FirstNet. He also helped develop proposals leading to the creation of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, the Spectrum Relocation Fund, spectrum auction legislation, market-based regulatory programs and other program reforms.
Lyon earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois and an A.B. from Brown University. He has been in the Senior Executive Service since 1999, is a Presidential Rank Award winner and a recipient of OMB’s Distinguished Service Award.
“I am excited to be joining the FirstNet team,” Lyon said. “FirstNet has been entrusted with substantial financial and spectrum resources to achieve its mission of serving first responders in a sustainable manner for years to come, and I look forward to helping ensure that these resources are used in the most effective manner possible.”
FirstNet will provide emergency responders with the first high-speed, nationwide network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet is designed to improve communication among local, state, regional, tribal and national emergency services personnel. The broadband data network will help save lives and protect the health and safety of all Americans. It will be built using LTE, the most advanced wireless technology available today. FirstNet fulfills a fundamental need of the public safety community for a single, mission-critical communications system enabling force multiplier effectiveness. Overseen by representatives of public safety, government and the wireless industry, FirstNet is an independent entity within the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (www.firstnet.gov).