Meet the New Information Officer of Hawaii – Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia

Governor Neil Abercrombie today appointed Sanjeev Bhagowalia as the new Information Officer of Hawaii.

…Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Tuesday chose Bhagowalia for the job of upgrading the state government’s aging computer and technology systems.

Bhagowalia will lead a seven-person information technology office tasked with improving public online services, making government more efficient and saving money…

He obviously has some with some very high credentials:  Here is more information about Mr. Bhagowalia according to Data.Gov:

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

Effective May 24, 2010, Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia became the Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSA. In this new role, Sonny will lead help GSA and the Federal CIO implement Government-wide e-Gov (or Open Gov) programs in an agile manner. These GSA-supported programs include Data.gov, Cloud-Computing, Collaboration, mobile applications, Federal Data Center Consolidation initiative and other programs.

Sonny served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), a large cabinet agency with 2,400 operating locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states supporting over 40 mission areas from December 2008 until May 2010. Sonny oversaw an Information Technology (IT) Portfolio of approximately $1 Billion of modernized and unified DOI’s diverse IT environment under its top-rated Enterprise Architecture Program. Sonny also served as the CIO for Indian Affairs (IA), a $2.3 billion sub-agency with 10,000 users within the US DOI from August 2007 until December 2008.

Sonny has served as a member of the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, co-lead of its Architecture and Infrastructure Committee, and co-chair of the Inter-Agency Management Council for $1 Billion GSA “Networx” program.

Sonny served with distinction in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. Department of Justice as an Information Technology Program Management Executive for eight years from July 1999 through August 2007, overseeing a $1 Billion portfolio. Sonny has also served with distinction in industry for 14 years at Boeing, a Fortune 500 company, from July 1985 until July 1999, as a Senior Principal Engineer in the prestigious Boeing Technical Excellence Fellowship Program in support of Systems Integration and Business Development for U.S. Government Civilian, Defense and Intelligence Community Clients.

Sonny holds a Masters’ of Science (MS) in Information Resource Management, a MS and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Sonny is a Distinguished Graduate with a CIO Certificate from the National Defense University. He has received numerous awards from U.S. Government and Industry including the Presidential Rank Award for meritorious executive service.

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