Clay Johnson interviews Sanjeev Bhagowalia from the GSA. The two discuss the future of “Government as a Platform.” From what the Government has built so far to future services from Government to what government is doing to engage developers, large and small.
Clay Johnson is the author of The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption, and director of engagement for Expert Labs. He was the co-founder of Blue State Digital, the firm that built and managed Barack Obama’s online campaign for the presidency in 2008. After leaving Blue State, Johnson was the director of Sunlight Labs at the Sunlight Foundation, where he built an army of 2000 developers and designers to build open source tools to give people greater access to government data. He was awarded the Google/O’Reilly Open Source Organizer of the year in 2009, was one of Federal Computing Week’s Fed 100 in 2010, and won the CampaignTech Innovator award in 2011.
Johnson’s combination of experience as a developer, working in politics, entrepreneurism, and non-profit work gives him a unique perspective on media and culture. His life is dedicated to giving people greater access to the truth about what’s going on in their communities, their cities and their governments. He still claims that he learned all he needs to know from a two year tour as the late-shift waiter at Waffle House in Atlanta, GA.
Effective May 24, 2010, Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia became the Deputy Associate
Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, GSA. In this
new role, Sonny will lead help GSA and the Federal CIO implement Government-wide e-
Gov (or Open Gov) programs in an agile manner. These GSA-supported programs
include Data.gov, Cloud-Computing, Collaboration, mobile applications, Federal Data
Center Consolidation initiative and other programs.
Sonny served as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the
Interior (DOI), 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 from December 2008 until May 2010. Sonny oversaw an Information
Technology (IT) Portfolio of approximately $1 Billion of modernized and unified DOI’s
diverse IT environment under its top-rated Enterprise Architecture Program. Sonny also
served as the CIO for Indian Affairs (IA), a $2.3 billion sub-agency with 10,000 users
within the US DOI from August 2007 until December 2008.
Sonny has served as a member of the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee, co-lead
of its Architecture and Infrastructure Committee, and co-chair of the Inter-Agency
Management Council for $1 Billion GSA “Networx” program.
Sonny served with distinction in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the U.S.
Department of Justice as an Information Technology Program Management Executive for
eight years from July 1999 through August 2007, overseeing a $1 Billion portfolio.
Sonny has also served with distinction in industry for 14 years at Boeing, a Fortune 500
company, from July 1985 until July 1999, as a Senior Principal Engineer in the
prestigious Boeing Technical Excellence Fellowship Program in support of Systems
Integration and Business Development for U.S. Government Civilian, Defense and
Intelligence Community Clients.
Sonny holds a Masters’ of Science (MS) in Information Resource Management, a MS
and Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering. Sonny is a Distinguished Graduate
with a CIO Certificate from the National Defense University. He has received numerous
awards from U.S. Government and Industry including the Presidential Rank Award for
meritorious executive service.
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