David Nelson

David Nelson currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Data Officer (CDO) of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).  Mr. Nelson was selected for this role in 2016 to oversee the NRC’s information technology/information management (IT/IM) portfolio, including those IT systems supporting nuclear reactor safety and nuclear materials and waste safety.  In addition to the IT/IM portfolio, Mr. Nelson is responsible for the NRC’s information resource management, enterprise architecture program, cybersecurity program, information and records management program, information collection program, and the agency’s implementation of the Freedom of Information Act and the Federal Privacy Act of 1974.  
Mr. Nelson previously held several executive roles at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including CIO and Director, Office of Enterprise Information; Director, Office of Information Services; Director, Office of Enterprise Management; and Director, Data Analytics and Control Group for the Center for Program Integrity. Mr. Nelson’s Office managed the CMS’s $2.6 billion IT portfolio, including the complex ecosystem of applications and trusted data exchanges supporting Healthcare.gov, the Medicare claims processing system, and the Medicaid support and quality reporting systems.  Mr. Nelson joined CMS in 2004 as the Director, Division of Call Center Systems, Office of External Affairs and Beneficiary Services, and was charged with improving access to information for 40 million Medicare beneficiaries.

Before joining CMS, Mr. Nelson served in a variety of challenging private sector leadership roles, including co-founder of two broadband development companies that provided access to underserved markets in the United States. Mr. Nelson also served in executive operations roles both in the United States and abroad for several leading IT development and telecommunications companies, and as Vice President of Operations for a telecommunications firm where he managed the commissioning of several hundred satellite earth stations in 50 countries across Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

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