2021 Fed 100
Federal 100: G. Nagesh Rao
G. Nagesh Rao
Acting CIO, Bureau of Industry and Security
For the first half of 2020, Rao was chief technologist at the Small Business Administration, where he played a crucial role in helping the agency transition to telework and respond to coronavirus legislation that required SBA to rapidly distribute nearly $700 billion in loans and grants. He spearheaded the implementation of six new cloud-based systems to support the unprecedentedly heavy demand from small businesses and lenders. He joined the Bureau of Industry and Security in June and immediately began working to achieve Commerce’s enterprise IT goals by overseeing the migration of critical systems to the cloud, establishing a DevSecOps framework and helping to consolidate tools and services.
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