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Fernando Burbano
Chief Information Officer,
Bureau of Information Resource Management

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Biography

Fernando Burbano was sworn in as the Department of State's Chief Information Officer and head of the Bureau of Information Resource Management on May 11, 1998. He is responsible for the Department's information technology policy and operations. Mr. Burbano is the equivalent of an assistant secretary and reports directly to the Secretary of State and the Under Secretary for Management. He oversees a worldwide Department of State information management and technology budget of more than $500 million and the activities of more than 2,000 employees engaged in information management and technology.

Mr. Burbano's strong leadership ensured the Department IT systems were Y2K compliant. As a result, State moved from an "F" in 1998 to an "A" in 1999 on Congressman Horn's, Chairman of the Government Management, Information Technology Subcommittee, Y2K report card. In recognition of this progress, State was awarded a Government Computer News award for excellence in technology. The Department was the only government agency that received an award for Y2K efforts.

Mr. Burbano also received the Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 Award for 1999 for his outstanding management of the Department's newly created bureau; initiation of a first-of-its-kind federal agency program offering recruitment and retention bonuses; IT modernization program; and notable improvement in IT security.

Mr. Burbano has also taken a lead role in serving on the Federal CIO Council as Co-Chair of the Security, Privacy, and Critical Infrastructure Committee. He has used this forum to improve and strengthen the Department's computer security stance, and the security of all federal agencies' computer systems.

Mr. Burbano has many years of experience in this field. From 1993 to May 1998 he had policy and operations responsibilities as Director of Computer and Communications and Director of Information Systems for the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

From 1990 to 1993, Mr. Burbano directed the Office of Information Resources Management for the Peace Corps. He was Vice President of Technical Services for Advance Management Inc. from 1987 to 1990 and has held several other senior technology management positions with the federal government and private industry.

Mr. Burbano is fluent in Spanish. Among his awards are the NLM SES Award (1996), NIH Merit Award (1996), and the Peace Corps Service Award (1992).

Mr. Burbano received his M.A. in Public Administration from American University in May 1995 and received an M.S. in Information Resources Management from Syracuse University in May 1998. He earned his B.A., with concentrations in Applied Behavioral Science and Information Systems, from Louis University in Evanston, Illinois.

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