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Stephen Holden

Associate CIO for IT Policy, Acting Deputy CIO

Steve Holden pictureSteve is Associate CIO for IT Policy and the Acting Deputy CIO for the U.S. Department of Transportation. His responsibilities include IT strategy, policy, governance, investment management and implementation of the Department’s plans for the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). 

Steve has over 30 years of experience that spans the federal career service, academia and private sector consulting.  He joined DOT CIO  in January 2017 after working as a consultant for 10 years supporting federal agency CIOs with strategy, policy and governance at Octo Consulting Group and SRA’s Touchstone Consulting Group.  He previously served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Systems at UMBC where he taught and did research on Management Information Systems,  Decision Support Systems, Project Management and e-government.    

Steve’s first stint of federal service started as a Presidential Management Intern for the Naval Sea Systems Command.  He spent 10 years at the Office if Management and Budget working on management, budget and information technology and policy issues.  Steve then joined the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and helped to direct the Program Management Office for Tax Systems Modernization.  He completed his time at IRS helping to stand up the Electronic Tax Administration organization running the IRS e-file program.  His organization was responsible for standing up the first electronic signature and payment programs and also created the first paid advertising program for e-file.

Steve received his BA in Public Management and Masters in Public Administration from the University of Maine.  He earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.

Last updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2020