The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced today that Andrea Norris will be retiring as the agency’s chief information officer and director of the agency’s Center for Information Technology (CIT) at the end of December.

NIH – which is a component of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) – said it will launch national searches for a new CIO and a new CIT director.

Norris has spent 11 years as the agency’s top tech leader – an uncommonly long run of success in Federal government major agency CIO positions.

She manages a $1.6 billion technology portfolio that encompasses all 27 Institutes at NIH, and she created the NIH Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative which has helped with the adoption of cloud technology at the agency.

Prior to NIH, Norris was CIO at the National Science Foundation, and before that was deputy CIO for management at NASA.

“I have relied heavily on Andrea over the years for her expert advice on a range of information technology issues,” stated Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.D., PH.D., who is Performing the Duties of the NIH Director.

“Her guidance is frequently sought not only by NIH leadership but by leaders from across HHS and the federal government on IT and data science matters that could significantly impact NIH. We are grateful for the many ways she has enabled the advancement of the NIH mission,”  Tabak said.

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Jose Rascon is a MeriTalk Staff Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.