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David Nelson

CIO, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

David Nelson currently serves as the Chief Information Officer & Director, Office of Enterprise Information for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). David was selected for this role to manage the Agency’s $2.6B Information Technology (IT) portfolio including complex ecosystem of applications and trusted data exchanges supporting, the Medicare Claims Processing, Medicaid Support and Quality Reporting Systems.

David joined CMS in 2004. As the Director, Division of Call Center Systems, Office of External Affairs and Beneficiary Services (OEABS), in this role, David was charged with improving access to information for 40 Million Medicare beneficiaries.

Prior to joining CMS, David served in a variety of challenging private sector leadership roles, including as co-founder of two broadband development companies providing access to underserved markets in the U.S. He served in Executive Operations roles both in the U.S. and abroad for several leading IT development and telecommunications companies, and as Vice President of Operations for a telecommunications firm where he managed commissioning of several hundred satellite earth stations in 50 countries across Europe, Latin America and the U.S. 

Mr. Nelson served in the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE, Yakota AB Japan, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Phoenix.

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In the world of Information Technology (IT) development, current trends support both the use of flexible methodologies such as Agile and DevOps, as well as more collaborative practices between software developers and other IT professionals. Government agencies, with their increasing dependency on IT, should embrace such trends. However, getting to a more flexible and...