CMS Leadership

Office of Information Technology

Rajiv Uppal

Director & Chief Information Officer

Rajiv Uppal is the Director of the Office of Information Technology and the Acting Chief Information Officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In this capacity, Rajiv provides leadership across the enterprise in all areas of information technology, including security and privacy, enterprise architecture, and IT investment planning. Rajiv is a visionary technology executive with 25+ years of experience in enterprise software, leading development from concept to launch of software applications, managing large, complex IT programs, steering IT strategic planning and applying best practices in IT management. Prior to joining CMS, Rajiv served as part of the US Digital Service team at the Department of Homeland Security, working on transformation initiatives such as the Trusted Traveler and Single Window projects.

Over the course of his career, Rajiv has fostered highly effective leadership teams and developed relationships with major investors including venture capital firms, government entities and Fortune 500 companies, and has created multiple technology platforms acquired by industry leaders such as IBM.

Rajiv holds a Master’s degree in Systems Science from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Bobby Saxon

Deputy Director

Colonel Bobby Saxon, USA Retired, is the Deputy Director for the Office of Information Technology. Bobby joined CMS in 2017 as the Chief Technology Officer for the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO).  

Bobby has nearly 30 years of IT leadership experience including assignments to the Pentagon as the Assistant Deputy Chief Information Officer for Army Operations and Plans. Bobby began his IT career as a medical software sales consultant specializing in Electronic Health Records (EHR) and founded a Customer Relationship Management company to provide collaboration solutions to Fortune 5,000 organizations.

Bobby has a Master of Science (MS) in Government Information Leadership, w/CIO concentration, from the National Defense University (NDU) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management from the Georgia Southern University. Bobby also holds a CIO graduate certificate from the NDU CIO Leadership Development Program.

Colonel Saxon is a combat veteran with service in Iraq and is the recipient of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Paratrooper Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Additionally, Bobby has been recognized for his IT leadership with awards including the 2019 FCW Federal 100 Award and the 2019 AFCEA Innovate IT Stewardship award.

George Hoffmann

Deputy Director & Deputy CIO

George Hoffmann is the Deputy Director & Deputy CIO in the Office of Information Technology (OIT) in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). In this role he is responsible for Enterprise development and integration of programs to support agency-wide operations. Information technology (IT) governance and enterprise technology management, business and IT transformation. Large scale data, enterprise shared services, enterprise cloud strategy, and risk based security strategies. Prior to this he was the Deputy Director for the Office of Technology Solutions (OTS) where he provided oversight of software development, system implementation and operation, shared IT services, infrastructure hosting, networks, technical architecture, and financial investments and strategy. He provides leadership of new and Agile technology solutions in the Cloud.

George has almost 30 years of experience working in the commercial and public healthcare IT market with a focus in the areas of software development, system integration, data warehousing, and customer service. This included a role as Vice President for ViPS/GDIT where he was responsible for all operational aspects of their commercial health business product lines which provide IT solutions in the areas of fraud, waste and abuse, medical/quality management and ICD-10 coding.

George holds a BS in Computer Science from Hofstra University.


George Linares

CMS Chief Technology Officer

George Linares is the Chief Technology Officer at CMS. He serves as one of the Agency’s principal officials responsible for information technology (IT) at CMS in the areas of solutions architecture, enterprise interoperability, computer platforms and networks. George advocates the optimization of CMS’s IT investments and proposes enhancements to CMS IT and information management practices with an emphasis on continuously evolving and maturing CMS’s technical standards. He also fosters the introduction of innovative technologies focusing on opportunities to advance CMS’s program needs.

George joined CMS in 2003, and prior to his current role performed various functions, including Technical Advisor and Application Architect, where he managed and provided the overall guidance for the development of enterprise solutions that aligned with CMS and federal architectural standards and policies.

Prior to joining CMS, George worked as a software developer where he developed, implemented, and maintained large scale banking, manufacturing, and financial IT solutions.

George served in the U.S. Army and he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Towson University.

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