Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
Rob C. Thomas II
Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology
Rob C. Thomas, II serves as the Acting Chief Information Officer and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology (OI&T). He directs more than 8,000 government and 8,000 contract personnel and oversees the day-to-day activities of VA’s $4 billion IT budget to ensure that VA has the IT tools and services needed to support our Nation’s Veterans. Mr. Thomas previously served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for OI&T’s Enterprise Program Management Office, directing all aspects of the portfolio, program, and project management process and providing strategic leadership over all software development, testing, delivery, and sustainment.
Before coming to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Mr. Thomas served as Deputy Chief Information Officer and Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Washington, D.C. He had oversight responsibilities for all FEMA information systems including governance, planning, budgeting, engineering, development, security and operations. Prior to this, Mr. Thomas was Vice President of Enterprise Transformation for Accenture LLC. Other roles include Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration and Deputy CIO, Department of the Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas. Additionally, he served as an adjunct professor at Cal State teaching systems engineering. He is both Federal (CEU) and DoD certified enterprise architect.
Mr. Thomas’ notable awards include the VA Secretary’s ICARE Award (2016); the Hall of Fame, Enterprise Architecture, FEAC and John Zachman (2013), Lifetime Achievement Award, Enterprise Architecture, FEAC and Digital Government Institute (2010), Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (2006), Meritorious Executive Presidential Rank Award (2005) and Federal 100 (2000).