On June 7, 2010, Bernard J. Mazer was selected as the Department of the Interior Chief Information Officer (CIO), assuming oversight responsibility for the Department’s estimated $1 billion information technology (IT) portfolio. The Interior Department with an annual $15.8 billion budget is considered a large, decentralized Cabinet agency with over 67,000 employees and 236,000 volunteers located in approximately 2,400 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. territories, and Native American Lands.
As the Chief Information Officer, Mr. Mazer is responsible for providing strategic leadership and advice to the Secretary of the Interior on the effective use of Information technology assets. Mr. Mazer is focused on infrastructure modernization and ensuring that IT investments are cost effective, scalable, and aligned to DOI’s mission and strategic direction. Further, he is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996, the eGovernment Act of 2002, and all other applicable laws, regulations, and directives. Before accepting this position, Mr. Mazer served as the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service a bureau within the Department. He has over twenty five years experience in the field of information technology and communications, including 16 years of project management and 10 plus years experience in program development. During his tenure with Fish and Wildlife Service he served as the Acting Deputy Director for unified communications services on behalf of the Department.
Prior to his tenure at the Department of the Interior in 2008, he served as Deputy Director, and Chief of Information Communications and Technology team, within the Infrastructure and Engineering Office in the Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade Bureau in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). His last two years in USAID were devoted to working with various United States Government entities on reconstruction and stabilization efforts in post conflict countries on infrastructure and governance issues. Mr. Mazer supported and provided technical leadership and field support to USAID Missions in the areas of energy, information communications technology, and engineering services related to the development and effective use of critical economic infrastructure. He supported the USAID field missions largely through programs designed to: strengthen the legal, regulatory and institutional environment to promote private investment; promote the adoption of innovative technologies and approaches such as wireless broadband to increase access to infrastructure services by the underserved; promote and strengthen public participation in decision making to improve the governance of infrastructure services. Additionally, he also worked in the E-Government area building in various countries and within the Agency which included development of workforce planning, IT capital planning and investment management, enterprise architecture, information security, last mile initiatives, and strategic planning.
Mr. Mazer has also worked on the design to implement public-private partnership activities (often in conjunction with the USAID Global Development Alliance program) with private sector partners, including the U.S. Telecommunication Training Institute, private corporations and specialized Non Government Organizations (NGOs). Previously, Mr. Mazer worked in the Department of Defense in information management and telecommunications in the United States, Europe and Southwest Asia. He served as a Community Director of Information in Europe where he was responsible for automation, communications, IT security and privacy, records management and FOIA. Prior to that he was an instructor for the University of Maryland, European Division, where he taught information management courses on such topics as relational databases, operating systems, and business process design. He also worked in the deployment of standardized installation support systems for the US Army. Mr. Mazer, is a certified Project Management Professional, holds a Master’s Degree in Systems Management from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.