Sivak named new HHS CTO

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The Department of Health and Human Services has named Bryan Sivak as the department’s next chief technology officer.

Sivak, currently chief innovation officer for Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and the former chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, will join HHS next month and also serve as tech entrepreneur-in-residence.

“Working in partnership with Chief Technology Officer of the United States Todd Park, Bryan will ensure that the Department’s innovation initiatives continue to move ahead at full speed. We will benefit tremendously from his creativity, experience, and fresh ideas as we continue our work to harness the power of data and technology to improve the health of the nation,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said.

Sivak replaces Park who was named the U.S. chief technology officer in March. It’s also the second major hiring for the department’s technology branch as Frank Baitman was named the agency’s chief information officer, replacing Michael Carleton in March.

“Since April 2011, Bryan has served as the Chief Innovation Officer to Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley, where he has led Maryland’s efforts to embed concepts of innovation into the DNA of state government,” Sebelius said. “He has distinguished himself in this role as someone who can work creatively across a large government organization to identify and implement the best opportunities for improving the way the government works.”

She continued, “Prior to his time with Governor O’Malley, Bryan served as Chief Technology Officer for the District of Columbia, where he created a technology infrastructure that enhanced communication between the District’s residents and their government, and implemented organizational reforms that improved efficiency, program controls, and customer service. Bryan previously worked in the private sector, co-founding InQuira, Inc., a multi-national software company, in 2002, and Electric Knowledge LLC, which provided one of the world’s first Natural Language Search engines available on the web in 1998.”

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Bryan Sivak, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Frank Baitman, Kathleen Sebelius, Martin O’Malley, Michael Carleton, Todd Park
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