​​​​About the Acting Director/Chief Information Officer​ - Dennis Papula


​​​Dennis has served as the Deputy Director/Deputy CIO for the NIH Office of the Chief Information Officer since 2020. Prior to NIH, Dennis was the Chief Technology Officer for HHS's Program Support Center. For his PSC work, he was recognized with a Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 award and a FedScoop 50 award for Federal Leadership.

Dennis was previously the Director for Enterprise Strategy and Governance in the HHS Office of the Chief Informa​​tion Officer. In this role, he led the HHS enterprise-level information technology architecture, strategic planning, governance, and policy functions, including Section 508; managed the creation of HHS's first unified IT strategic plan; and developed a revitalized IT portfolio governance/architecture for HHS's nearly $6 billion annual IT portfolio. He started his Federal career in a grants program at the US Department of Education and later spent almost a decade at the US General Services Administration in key IT and shared services leadership roles. 

A native of Pennsylvania, Dennis received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the U​​niversity of Pittsburgh and a Master of Science in Information Management from Syracuse University. He is a graduate of the National Defense University's Chief Information Officer program and was selected in the inaugural class of the Federal CIO Council executive program.​


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