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Mr.  Michael Johnson
Mr. Michael Johnson

Former Chief Information Officer

Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20585


Department of Energy

Mr. Michael M. Johnson was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Energy (DOE) until January of 2017. He has more than 25 years of management and policy experience, with deep expertise in cyber, information sharing and safeguarding, intelligence, and national continuity policy. Accountable to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, Mr. Johnson was responsible for leading the Department’s enterprise information management and technology, to include strategy, policy and standards; management, governance and oversight; information management and technology budget planning; and operations. Mr. Johnson was also responsible for cyber leadership and coordination across the extended DOE enterprise including cyber strategy and implementation. Mr. Johnson played a crucial role in advising the Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and program offices to help fulfill the Department’s mission of advancing the national, economic, and energy security of the United States through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. As CIO, Mr. Johnson also served as the Department’s Senior Agency Official for Privacy, for Records Management, and for Information Sharing and Safeguarding.

Previously, Mr. Johnson served as the Assistant Director for Intelligence Programs and National Security Systems in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In that role, Mr. Johnson focused on resolving strategic national security challenges spanning intelligence, homeland security, cyber, information sharing and safeguarding, and national continuity policy. In addition to cybersecurity for national security systems, Mr. Johnson was responsible for OSTP’s National Security / Emergency Preparedness portfolio, to include Presidential communications requirements. Mr. Johnson represented OSTP within the Intelligence Community and the broader U.S. Government information sharing forums, to include the Senior Information Sharing and Safeguarding Steering Committee, the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS), and he co‐led numerous White House restricted Interagency Policy Coordination (IPC) committees / subcommittees. In addition, Mr. Johnson served as OSTP’s assistant secretary‐level representative to the Committee for Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Mr. Johnson also served as a senior executive detail to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as the Chief Scientist within the Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A). In this role, Mr. Johnson led programs to integrate and strengthen intelligence and information sharing and safeguarding across DHS, and Federal, State, and local partners. Mr. Johnson led the development of the DHS Information Sharing Strategy, and coordinated DHS initiatives in identity intelligence (I2), science and technology intelligence (S&TI), intelligence support to cyber, and cybersecurity for National Security Systems.

Prior to going to DHS, Mr. Johnson previously served as the first Deputy Associate Director of National Intelligence for Information Sharing and Deputy, Intelligence Community Information Sharing Executive in support of the Director of National Intelligence. In these roles, Mr. Johnson was responsible for leading the U.S. Intelligence Community’s information sharing transformation to create decision advantage by securely providing all levels of the U.S. government and international partners with useful, timely intelligence. Mr. Johnson also served as a principal deputy to the Intelligence Community Chief Information Officer (IC CIO), and as the Director of Intelligence Community Integration. In these roles, he exercised oversight of enterprise information and systems management to include the IC enterprise architecture, information technology, information assurance, and system security, as well as budget oversight and personnel management. Within the ODNI and across the IC, he led the vision and strategy for an IC unified information environment to improve information sharing by enabling information availability, authorized access, and security across the IC.

Before coming to DOE, Mr. Johnson was a senior scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as a computer engineer, an intelligence analyst, and later managed national security systems analysis.

Mr. Johnson has an M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering, with specialization in parallel and distributed simulation, embedded systems, and network protocol design. Mr. Johnson holds patents in WMD detection, communication and decision support systems, and has technical and program leadership experience spanning computer architecture, software frameworks, systems engineering and integration, nuclear weapons complex modeling, cyber and physical security, WMD/WME CBRNE mitigation, information operations, policy development, and intelligence analysis.