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Sonny Bhagowalia

CIO, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Golden Gov: Executive of the Year

Nearly four decades into his career as a federal official and technology executive, Sonny Bhagowalia has spent the past three years leading a $1.8 billion IT portfolio for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. In the role of chief information officer at that agency, he has enhanced the nation’s security through innovation, intelligence, collaboration, and trust. In this role, Bhagowalia oversees a staff of 2,200 federal employees and 3,900 contractors to support CBP’s 24-7 mission. Before this, he spent three years as CIO of the Treasury Department and had a short stint as a senior adviser on tech and cyber with the Bureau of Fiscal Service.