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Chief Information Officer (Acting)
Bobby German
01.12.2008
Bobby German, NASA CIO (Acting)
Bobby German, NASA CIO (Acting)
Editor's note: Bobby German left NASA in 2010.

Bobby German serves NASA as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in an acting capacity. As the CIO, he provides the requisite leadership to achieve mission enabling, integrated, secure, and efficient information technology (IT) capabilities and services at NASA. He ensures that the Agency's information resource management (IRM) strategy is in alignment with NASA’s vision, mission and strategic goals. Accordingly, Mr. German ensures the development of integrated IRM strategies, including standards, policies, NASA Enterprise Architecture, IT security, management and operations. He has the responsibility, authority, and accountability for ensuring that NASA's information assets are selected, controlled, and evaluated consistent with federal policies, procedures, and legislation. Mr. German is the NASA Champion for implementing the President's Management Agenda (PMA) for E-Government.

In July 2007, Bobby German was appointed as the NASA Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. German directly supported the NASA CIO in the leadership, policy direction, and oversight of NASA information management and information technology (IT). He assisted the CIO in strategic planning and communications, investment management, and workforce planning and management, and in providing direction and leadership in numerous other areas, including NASA’s implementation of Electronic Government (e-Gov) initiatives, Enterprise Architecture, IT security, privacy, and records management. In addition, Mr. German chaired the IT Program Management Board, which reviews IT projects throughout their life cycle, ensuring that NASA’s policies and disciplines are applied in meeting cost, schedule and scope commitments.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. German served as Program Director for NASA's Integrated Enterprise Management Program (IEMP). IEMP re-engineered the Agency’s aging business infrastructure, and implemented NASA-wide systems, integrating processes and data related to finance, budget, procurement, asset management, and human capital. Mr. German was a leader on the IEM program since its inception, serving as the Deputy Program Director, and as a Project Manager at Goddard Space Flight Center, implementing NASA's Staffing and Recruitment system, Position Description Management system, and Budget Formulation system.

Mr. German also held several management positions at the Marshall Space Flight Center related to managing computing and networking environments. He started his NASA career in 1982 at NASA's Slidell Computer Complex, a unique data center in Louisiana, which provided computer services for Stennis Space Center and the Michoud Assembly Facility.

His master's degree in business administration is from Tulane University and his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science is from McNeese State University. He was a Distinguished Military Graduate at McNeese, and served three years as an officer in the U.S. Army, developing automated recruiting systems. One of his many accolades is NASA's prized "Silver Snoopy" award, which best symbolizes the spirit of space flight.