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Profile: Sonny Bhagowalia, Treasury Department CIO

Sonny” Bhagowalia
Sonny Bhagowalia

Sonny Bhagowalia assumed duties as chief information officer of the Treasury Department in October 2014 and concurrently serves as deputy assistant secretary for information systems at the agency.

He oversees the department’s $3.5 billion information technology investment portfolio and information resources management strategy.

Prior to the Treasury, he served as the Hawaii governor’s chief adviser on technology and cybersecurity matters and developed a comprehensive plan to help the state comply with the White House’s National Cybersecurity Framework.

He also led the state government’s efforts to transform business and technology systems as its CIO.

Bhagowalia previously held the role of deputy associate administrator at the General Services Administration, where he helped implement multiple digital government initiatives.

Before GSA, he was CIO of the Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

He served as information technology program management executive at the FBI for eight years and oversaw the bureau’s IT modernization efforts during his career there.

He also co-chaired the Federal CIO Council’s architecture/infrastructure and best practices committees and the Inter-Agency Management Council for GSA’s Networx acquisition program.

Before he joined the government, he spent 14 years as chief engineer and manager of Boeing‘s business development and systems integration business as well as senior principal engineer for the company’s Technical Excellence Fellowship Program.

He holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University.

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