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HHS Chief Information Officer / Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology


Michael W. Carleton serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a role that carries the additional title of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Technology (DASIT).

As CIO, Mr. Carleton oversees the Department's use of information technology to improve program performance and to manage risk.  Under the leadership of Mr. Carleton, the Office of the Chief Information Officer leads the Department’s information technology capital planning and investment control, enterprise architecture, information systems, electronic government, and information resources management programs in collaboration with all organizational components of the Department. 

Mr. Carleton returned to HHS after serving seven years as CIO of the General Services Administration (GSA), where he consolidated infrastructure operations, improved the agency’s customer facing Web presence, strengthened computer security, and implemented capital planning and investment control and enterprise architecture planning programs.

In his earlier days at HHS, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of Information Resources Management and CIO for the Office of the Secretary.

Mr. Carleton holds a Master of Science in Information Resources Management from Syracuse University and a Master of Public Administration from Northeastern University. He is also a distinguished alumnus of the National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College and the Society for Information Management International's Regional Leadership Forum. He is a past president of the Capital Area Chapter of the Society for Information Management.