Bhagowalia assumes CIO post at Treasury

The former Interior Department CIO and three-time Federal 100 winner replaces Robyn East.

Image copyright to <governor.hawaii.gov>: Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia.

Sonny Bhagowalia's first day on the job as CIO of the Treasury Department was Oct. 20.

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has come back to the federal government to take on the role of Treasury Department CIO.

Bhagowalia confirmed the move on his LinkedIn page, saying his first official day is Oct. 20.

Bhagowalia replaces former Treasury CIO Robyn East, who held the job for three years before she announced her departure in June. Deputy CIO Mike Parker has been serving as acting CIO.

Bhagowalia previously served as CIO at the Interior Department and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

He also was CIO for the state of Hawaii for nearly three years before becoming a chief advisor on technology and cybersecurity to the state’s governor.

"Over the past three years, Sonny has helped Hawaii leapfrog from the back of the pack in technology and cybersecurity to the front of the line and we are now one of best in the country," Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a statement. "Under Sonny's leadership, our government transformation program has garnered an unprecedented 25 national awards."

As CIO at Treasury, he will be managing a $3 billion IT budget and manage technology for the 100,000 employees at the department.

Last week, Bhagowalia won the 2014 Enterprise Architecture Hall of Fame Award for Individual Leadership in EA Practice, Promotion and Professionalization. He is also a three-time Fed 100 award winner.

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