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Robert F. Brese - Chief Information Officer

Robert F. Brese

Bob Brese is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), whose national laboratories, production facilities and environmental cleanup site missions span open science to nuclear security. Bob Leads DOE’s policy, governance and oversight of more than $1.5 billion in annual IT investments, as well as DOE’s key initiatives in open data, cloud computing and energy efficient IT strategies. Bob also serves as the Department’s Senior Agency Official for Privacy and for Information Sharing and Safeguarding. Bob is a leader in the U.S. Government’s cybersecurity community and a key contributor to the Administration’s efforts in cyber legislation, policy, cybersecurity technology research, development, and deployment.


In the Fall of 2012, Bob led a team of Presidential Innovation Fellows and other public and private sector innovators to leverage technology and social media to improve disaster response during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Currently, Bob is co-sponsoring the American Energy Data Challenge to introduce the public to the open data and application programming interface resources offered by DOE, to spur the creation of new tools and insights for the American public, and to solicit public input on how data related to energy generation, distribution and use can serve our 21st century society and economy.


Mr. Brese previously served DOE as the Department’s Deputy CIO, as Deputy CIO for DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and as the Director of NNSA’s Defense Nuclear Security Program Evaluation Office. He also served as a submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring after a 22-year career, which culminated in his assignment as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs within NNSA.  During his military career he served in a variety of operational and headquarters assignments, completing seven major sea deployments, and serving in every ocean and major sea.


In his spare time Bob enjoys hiking, backpacking and cycling and leads a Boy Scout Venturing Crew of young men and women ages 14-20 on high adventure trips.