Office of the Chief Information Officer &
High Performance Computing and Communications


The NOAA Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is responsible to ensure NOAA's programs make full and appropriate use of information technology. The NOAA OCIO oversees the expenditure of approximately $600 million each year in information technology (IT) spending alone - computer hardware, software, services, networking, and telecommunications.

This is accomplished by the development of centralized policies and guidance, which are implemented across NOAA and Line Offices. The OCIO works closely with business partners throughout NOAA and the Department of Commerce to ensure the use of leading edge technology that will better enable the NOAA mission. High priority is being focused on IT security, critical infrastructure protection and Homeland Security, in order to ensure the integrity and continuity of operations of NOAA systems, data, products, and services. High priority is given to the use of the internet, technology refresh for our technical infrastructure, infrastructure consolidation, geospatial service capabilities, data throughput capabilities, data archiving capacities, and program management for NOAA's IT investment portfolio.

NOAA is constantly adopting improved means to manage and deliver data and information to citizens and businesses regarding weather and water forecasts, search and rescue, climate change, environmental images, coastal maps, and ecosystems management. NOAA OCIO and its Line Office OCIOs are key partners with NOAA to meet NOAA Missions and Strategic Goals.

NOAA OCIO 500-Day Plan: Update October 2008 - February 2010

NOAA OCIO Data Calls (NOAA employees only)

NOAA Web Policies

Commerce IT Requirement: Safeguarding Data on Foreign Travel (June 13, 2008)

Links to NOAA Line Office CIOs:

Joe Klimavicz 301-713-9600
Chief Information Officer (CIO) and
Director, High Performance Computing and Communications