Sylvia Burns

Chief Information Officer

Sylvia Burns
  Sylvia Burns,
Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Ms. Sylvia Burns was selected as the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Chief Information Officer (CIO) in August 2014. In her current role as CIO, Ms. Burns is responsible for the management and oversight of Interior’s over $1 billion information management and technology (IMT) portfolio.

Ms. Burns’ dynamic leadership style is transforming the way the IT community supports DOI’s critical missions. She partners collaboratively with bureau and office leaders to strengthen the Department’s security posture, modernize DOI’s IT systems and networks, implement standard services, and improve the customer experience. 

Ms. Burns joined the federal government as a Presidential Management Intern in 1994 after completing her Master's Degree in Business Management and Policy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Her public service career began at the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service at the International Trade Administration (ITA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. During her time at ITA, Ms. Burns served as the first Chief Architect.

In 2006, Ms. Burns joined DOI where she served as the Director of Information Planning for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs. She played a pivotal role in the Indian Affairs reconnection to the Internet in 2008 after the organization was required to disconnect by court order in 2001. In August 2009, Ms. Burns assumed the position as the Division Chief for Portfolio Management within Interior's Departmental Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). As the Division Chief, Ms. Burns was responsible for the management and oversight of the Department's IT investment portfolio and Capital Planning and Investment Control (CPIC) activities. 

Ms. Burns is a graduate of the Council in Excellence in Government (now Partnership for Public Service) eGovernment Fellowship Program.