​CMS CIO, Dave Nelson, moves on – to serve as Nuclear Regulatory Commission CIO

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“We are sharing several important leadership updates. After 12 years of dedicated service to CMS, our colleague Dave Nelson, CMS’ Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office of Enterprise Information, will be moving on to a new opportunity to serve our country at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission effective August 22nd. In the recent years as CIO and Director of OEI, Dave has consistently and vigorously provided leadership and support for implementation of some of the Agency’s most important initiatives such as Healthcare.gov and the Social Security Number Removal Initiative. Over the past year, Dave’s name has become synonymous with cybersecurity. He has become one of the Agency’s strongest champions of the development of a comprehensive and integrated strategic vision for a risk-based privacy and security system to improve the process for managing cyber threats through the establishment of the Agency’s Cybersecurity Incident Center. We thank him for his many contributions, not only to OEI, but to CMS overall, and wish him every success in his new position as Chief Information Officer with NRC.

George Hoffman, Deputy Director of the Office of Technology Solutions has agreed to move over to OEI as Acting Director and interim CIO. George recently joined our CMS leadership team, bringing over 20 years of IT experience in various executive positions in the health care arena. During that time, he has built strong and collaborative working relationships across CMS. Prior to joining CMS, George served as Vice President for Commercial Health Operations, General Dynamics Information Technology where he was responsible for all operational aspects of their commercial health business product lines, which provide information technology (IT) solutions in the areas of fraud, waste and abuse, medical/quality management and ICD-10 coding. He is a solution-driven, customer-focused leader in the areas of software development, system integration, data warehousing, and customer service. He possesses in-depth knowledge and experience in project/program management and his experience in development and oversight of complex health care systems has been invaluable to OTS and to CMS.

Janet Vogel will continue in her role as Director of OTS and Deputy CIO to ensure continuity and continue the progress made to modernize our technology, integrate IT into the CMS program lines, enhance IT contracts and contracting capabilities, improve the time-to-delivery for IT support, and establish metrics for the quality of products/deliverables. In their roles, Janet and George will continue to work collaboratively to optimize the important connections across OTS and OEI that will ensure strong technology management across CMS…”

G2X TAKE: What had been rumored for some time was confirmed on Friday as CMS announced the departure of the current CIO, as well as naming an acting successor to the role. As the memo states Dave Nelson is moving on from his role as CIO and Director of the Office of Enterprise Information effective August 22nd, and he will be joining the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as their new CIO. George Hoffman will serve as the Acting Director and interim CIO.

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