Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief Information Officer
Department of Justice
Mr. Joseph F. Klimavicz joined the Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership team as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief Information Officer (CIO) in May 2014. In this position, he provides leadership and oversight of the Department’s information and technology programs in support of the Department’s law enforcement and crime prevention mission.
Mr. Klimavicz previously served as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) CIO and Director, High Performance Computing and Communications from January 2007 until May 2014. During this time, he also served as the Department of Commerce Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI), and as the Senior Executive responsible for the agency’s use of the radio frequency spectrum.
Mr. Klimavicz’s 30-year career in the federal government began with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an imagery scientist, developing photogrammetric math models in the National Photographic Interpretation Center. He subsequently served in line management positions within the CIA and the Department of Defense (DOD) leading information technology programs. He also served as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Deputy CIO, and as the DOD SAOGI.
Mr. Klimavicz received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1983 and a Master of Engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1988. Major areas of study included geodesy, photogrammetry and imaging systems. In 2012, Mr. Klimavicz received the U.S. Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive Service - the highest honor attainable for federal government work.