Sonny Bhagowalia


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Sonny has nearly three decades of experience in industry and the federal government in technical, management and executive leadership capacities, transforming organizations using information technology (IT), information resource management (IRM) and business process re-engineering (BPR) to achieve mission success and business value. He has served in world-class organizations such as Boeing, the Department of Justice (FBI), the Department of the Interior, the General Services Administration, and most recently at U.S. Department of Treasury, where he was appointed Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective October 20, 2014.

Prior to his return to federal government, Sonny served as the first-ever Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the State of Hawai’i, reporting to the Governor.

Previously, Sonny served as Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT), US General Services Administration, leading GSA’s efforts in helping the US government’s federal CIOs and CTOs implement government-wide e-Government (“e-Gov”) and Open-Government (“Open-Gov”) programs in an agile, secure and reliable manner. He also oversaw a portfolio of programs, including GSA’s Open Government Directive (OGD) Program,, Federal Cloud Computing Initiative, FEDSPACE, mobile applications, Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, and FEDRAMP. These programs served as a foundation for the White House/OMB’s 25-point IT Reforms Plan and the OGD. He also co-established (with Federal Acquisition Service) a new GSA Cloud Computing Line-of-Business; and laid the foundational vision/plans for, an innovation platform for government.

Prior to GSA, Sonny served as the CIO of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), overseeing an IT Portfolio of $1 billion and led a cross-agency team to modernize and unify DOI’s diverse IT environment under its top-rated Enterprise Architecture Program. Sonny also served as CIO for Indian Affairs, a $2.3 billion, 10,000 user, sub-agency within DOI.

Sonny has served as a member of the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, co-chairing its Architecture and Infrastructure Committee, Best Practices Committee and the Inter-Agency Management Council for the $1.2 billion GSA “NETWORX” program unifying IT Infrastructure for the Federal Government.

Previously, Sonny served with distinction in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. Department of Justice, overseeing and transforming a $1 billion IT portfolio and upgrading the secure IT Infrastructure for FBI’s mission needs, and before that at Boeing.

Sonny has a Masters’ of Science (MS) in Information Resource Management from Syracuse University, an MS and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University. Sonny is also a Distinguished Graduate (twice) from the National Defense University with a Federal CIO Certificate and an IRM Diploma.