Federal 100: Sonny Bhagowalia

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia
Chief Information Officer
Interior Department

When President Barack Obama promised a system that would give the public unprecedented access to government data and operations -- and promised to deliver it fast -- Bhagowalia stepped up to the challenge.

Working with Linda Travers at the Environmental Protection Agency -- who is also a Federal 100 award winner -- Bhagowalia got Data.gov up and running in two months on a cloud computing platform, enabling people to search, evaluate and download 47 datasets. The site, which now has more than 112,000 datasets, gets about 150,000 hits a day.

“Despite resource shortages, [Bhagowalia] leveraged volunteers across government and broke agency barriers through regular, open communications and timely training,” said Kshemendra Paul, federal chief architect.

Read more about the 2010 Federal 100 award winners.

About the Author

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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