Karen Ortner

IT Specialist (Policy & Planning)

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Ms. Karen Ortner is an IT specialist who manages the Data Calls and Legislative Compliance Group at CBIIT. Previously, she was one of the managers for the CBIIT Portfolio Coordination Office. Since joining NCI in May of 1996, she has served the NCI IT community in a variety of ways, including coordinating the effort to migrate from 50 networks to a single NCI network, serving as the manager of Desktop Support, and serving as the quality assurance manager for all IT services. Ms. Ortner started her career at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases as a network manager, desktop support staff, and quality assurance specialist for IT programs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology. 


  • Financial Management and Budgets
  • IT Data Calls & Legislative Compliance
  • NCI Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Oversight