Election commission hires 2 tech experts for testing and certification program

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission has added two experienced hands to its voting system certification program amid concerns it had a shortage of technical experts overseeing election infrastructure. The agency is staffing up its crucial certification program by hiring Jessica Bowers, a former executive at Dominion Voting Systems, one of the country’s three largest voting system vendors, and Paul Aumayr, a former Maryland election official. Both new hires will work as senior election technology specialists. In an email announcement to staff obtained by CyberScoop, EAC Executive Director Brian Newby touted Bowers and Aumayr’s technical acumen. Bowers has “over 18 years of software development and product support experience,” while Aumayr is a “Microsoft-certified systems engineer,” Newby wrote. Both will begin work May 28 and report to Jerome Lovato, a former Colorado state election official. Earlier this month, Lovato was tapped to head the EAC’s program for testing and certifying voting systems. He replaced Ryan Macias, whose departure … Continue reading Election commission hires 2 tech experts for testing and certification program