The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced via Twitter on Thursday, June 14, that Bryan Sivak has been named its new chief technology officer. Sivak will leave his current position as Maryland’s chief innovation officer to join HHS.

The HHS has been without a CTO since March 2012, when President Obama tapped Todd Park to serve as federal CTO. Sivak will join newly named HHS CIO Frank Baitman, who began work in March.

While in Maryland, Sivak helped lead the creation of the state’s health information exchange. He is also credited with several initiatives aimed at engaging state employees and citizens in improving efficiency in the state. During Sivak’s tenure in Maryland, he supported the commercial development of technologies born of in-state research through the state’s “Innovation Initiative.”

Other career highlights to date for Sivak include serving as the CIO for Washington, D.C., and founding InQuira, a San Francisco Bay Area-based software company acquired by Oracle in 2011.