IRS selects Rajiv Uppal as new Chief Information Officer; experienced technology manager will help with the ongoing transformation work

IR-2023-214, 15 November 2023

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced today that Rajiv Uppal has been selected to be the next chief information officer to assist with the tax agency’s transformation efforts.

Uppal currently serves as Director of the Office of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He brings more than 25 years of information technology expertise to the IRS from both the public and private sectors.

“This is a historic time for the IRS as our transformation efforts continue to accelerate, and Rajiv brings a strong background to help our agency continue to modernize and work to deliver better technology to support taxpayer service and tax enforcement,” said IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel. “Rajiv’s expertise in government, combined with his work in the private sector, provides a unique skill set that will complement our strong information technology team at the IRS. His background and skills will help the agency continue to advance in the IT arena during this critical situation.” period in which we continue to use Inflation Reduction Act funding to help taxpayers and the nation.”

Uppal will join the IRS in early 2024.

At CMS, Uppal has worked on a number of areas that are a priority for the IRS. His work there for more than five years spans all areas of information technology, including security and privacy, enterprise architecture and IT investment planning. He has experience with enterprise software as well as managing large, complex IT programs and managing IT strategic planning. Prior to joining CMS, Rajiv served for more than two years as part of the US Digital Service team at the Department of Homeland Security, working on a variety of transformational initiatives.

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Uppal also worked for decades in the private sector in roles ranging from product development to software development. His portfolio included work with venture capital firms, government entities and Fortune 500 companies.

He holds a master’s degree in systems science from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.

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