Brett Bobley – Small Agency CIO Council co-chair

Tune in to hear Bobley discuss:

  • The changing responsibilities of CIOs in today’s world
  • Protecting Americans’ private information
  • Small Agency CIO Council vs. CIO Council
  • IT goals of the National Endowment for the Humanities

    Brett Bobley
    Mr. Brett Bobley serves as the Chief Information Officer of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Reporting directly to the NEH Chairman, Mr. Bobley is the agency’s senior advisor on all issues pertaining to technology. Mr. Bobley developed the agency’s current enterprise architecture, which has made the NEH a leader in E-Government. Three years ago, all of the NEH’s grant applications arrived on paper. Today, nearly 70% of them arrive electronically via the web. Mr. Bobley has been recognized numerous times by the Grants.Gov Project Management Office for the work his agency has done to promote the adoption of electronic grants government-wide.

    Mr. Bobley is also the co-chairman of the Small Agency CIO Council which is a forum for the nearly 90 small agency CIOs to meet, share best practices, and discuss technology policy issues. He also sits on the federal CIO Council representing small agency concerns.

    Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Bobley served as the Chief of Systems Operations for U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. In that capacity, he played a critical role in the design, testing, and deployment of the Coast Guard’s Standard Workstation III. As part of that project, Mr. Bobley helped put into place innovative deployment and maintenance practices, which greatly reduced the total cost of ownership for the Coast Guard. Many of those innovative practices are now used government-wide. In 1989, Mr. Bobley worked as a Systems Analyst for the Unisys Corporation, supporting IT systems for the government.


    Mr. Bobley has a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

    Mr. Bobley can be contacted at

    (Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities)