Dec 11, 2012
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Tuesday Dec. 11 9:05AM
On July 6, 2011 Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia became the State of Hawai'i's first Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Office of Information Management and Technology (OIMT). In his new role, Bhagowalia reports directly to the Governor and has authority over the State's information technology infrastructure across all areas of State government. He has the ability to raise issues at the highest levels and is responsible for developing and implementing a plan to transform Hawai'i's outdated technology infrastructure into a modern system that will make government more efficient and improve services for the people of Hawai'i.
Bhagowalia previously served as the Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies (OCSIT), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). At the GSA, Bhagowalia supported the Federal CIO in implementing Government-wide e-Gov and Open Gov programs including Data.gov, Federal Cloud Computing and Federal Data Center Consolidation initiatives, and mobile applications. These programs support OMB's IT Reform Plan and the Open Government Directive.
Additionally, Bhagowalia served as the CIO of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) from December 2008 through May 2010. The DOI is a large cabinet agency with 2,400 operating locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and freely associated states, supporting over 40 mission areas. During that time, Bhagowalia oversaw an Information Technology (IT) Portfolio of approximately $1 billion. He modernized and unified DOI's diverse IT environment under its top-rated Enterprise Architecture Program. Bhagowalia also served as the CIO for Indian Affairs (IA), a $2.3 billion sub-agency with 10,000 users within the U.S. DOI from August 2007 until December 2008. Bhagowalia also served as an Information Technology Program Management Executive for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S. Department of Justice from July 1999 through August 2007.
As DTMB director, Nixon heads an agency of nearly 2,700 employees providing a full range of services to Michigan's citizens, businesses, state agencies, state employees and retirees. In this role, Nixon is leading the department's mission of providing vital administrative and technology services to enable Michigan's reinvention, with the vision of making the State of Michigan one of the most innovative and responsive governments in the world.
Nixon is a Certified Public Accountant who came to Michigan from the State of Utah, where he served Governors Jon Huntsman and Gary Herbert as Director of the Governor's Office of Planning and Budget from 2006-2010. In that capacity, he directed Utah's $11 billion dollar budget and oversaw the Demographic and Economic Analysis, State and Local Planning and Performance Management functions within the Governor's Office. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Director of the Utah Department of Workforce Services. Nixon also has experience as the CFO of a privately held golf company and was a professional in the financial services industry.
In 2012, Nixon was named Public Official of the Year by Governing magazine, which cited his role in Michigan's turnaround. He was also named one of Government Technology magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2012, recognized for cutting through the public sector's barriers to innovation to reshape government operations for the better. He also was honored as the 2012 Outstanding CPA in Government by the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants. In 2008, Nixon was named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Year for the public sector by Utah Business Magazine and was also recognized as one of Utah's Forty Under Forty top business leaders. He was Adjunct Professor in the MPA program at the University of Utah and he served as President of the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO) in 2010.