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Bhagowalia moves to CBP

By Roman Tiraspolsky Royalty-free stock photo ID: 583094878 New York, February 14, 2017: A U.S Customs and Border Protection vehicle is parked in the street on Lexington Avenue. 

Former Treasury CIO Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia is now the top tech official at Customs and Border Protection.

CBP has named Bhagowalia deputy assistant commissioner, Information and Technology in its Office of Enterprise Services, the agency confirmed to FCW on April 23.

Valerie Isbell has been serving as the Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Information and Technology, according to CBP.

Most recently, CBP said Bhagowalia served as the senior advisor on Technology and Cybersecurity, in the commissioner's office, at the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, U.S. Department of Treasury.

Last July, Bhagowalia moved from the CIO post at the Treasury Department, where he had served since 2014, into a new position in the department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service.

Bhagowalia announced the new job in a LinkedIn post.

CBP welcomed Bhagowalia in a statement citing his more than 32 years of senior technical, managerial, and executive leadership experience in private industry, the U.S. government, and state government.

Bhagowalia has won several Fed 100 awards, most recently in 2010, for the launch of the cloud-based Data.gov website.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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