The Internal Revenue Service has appointed Rajiv Uppal as its next chief information officer, to assist with the agency’s transformation work, beginning in early 2024.
Uppal, who currently serves as the director of the Office of Information Technology and chief information officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has more than 25 years of information technology expertise in both the public and private sectors.
“This is a historic time for the IRS as our transformation efforts continue accelerating, and Rajiv brings a strong background to help our agency continue to modernize and work to provide better technology to support taxpayer service and tax enforcement,” said IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel in a statement. “Rajiv’s expertise inside the government, coupled 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 advancing in the IT arena during this critical period as we continue using Inflation Reduction Act funding to help taxpayers and the nation.”
Uppal’s work at CMS over the past five years covered a number of areas of information technology that will be relevant at the IRS, including security and privacy, enterprise architecture, and IT investment planning. Prior to his time at CMS, Rajiv worked for more than two years as part of the U.S. Digital Service team at the Department of Homeland Security and he also worked in various private sector roles with venture capital firms, government entities and Fortune 500 companies.
Uppal holds a master’s degree in systems science from Louisiana State University and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.