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Hearing that Interior has named a new CIO

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Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia

Editor’s note: Item updated Dec. 8, 2008. Additional are always put in italics.

No official word yet, but we’re hearing that the Interior Department has named a new chief information officer.

Word on the street is that Sonny Bhagowalia will start on Monday, Dec. 8, replacing Michael Howell, who left the DOI CIO job to become the senior career IT guy at OMB earlier this year. Jerry Williams has been serving as the acting CIO. He will reportedly be the deputy CIO when Bhagowalia arrives next week.

Bhagowalia has served as the CIO for Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs since August 2007. From their Web site:

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia became the new Chief Information Officer (CIO) of OCIO on August 20th, 2007. Before becoming CIO, Sonny most recently served as the Program Management Executive (PME) for the Office of IT Policy and Planning (OIPP) at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As that site says, Bhagowalia was formerly with the FBI, serving as the program management executive for FBI’s Office of Information Technology Planning and Policy. He won recognized with a presidential rank award in February 2007.

Again, no official word yet. If you know anything, let us know.

12.08.2008 note: I should have noted this earlier, but… this is essentialy conformed. That means Mr. Bhadowalia’s first day is… well — today! Welcome! No official word from DOI yet. In fact, they still have Jerry Williams as the acting CIO as of this morning.

Written by cdorobek

December 4, 2008 at 6:50 PM

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  1. […] Hearing that Interior has named a new CIO (I should note that this is all-but official. While Interior still hasn’t said anything official, today is Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia’s first day as Interior CIO.) […]

  2. […] Hearing that Interior has named a new CIO — and, in fact, Interior does have a new CIO — Sonny Bhagowalia started earlier this month. […]


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