About Us

Office of the Chief Information Officer

Leading the development of NOAA Fisheries’ website, information technology security, and databases.

What We Do

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) provides leadership to NOAA Fisheries and its Regions and Science Centers in all areas of information management and technology.  To successfully serve the Agency’s multiple missions, the OCIO applies modern IT tools, approaches, systems and products.  Effective and innovative use of technology and information resources enables efficient delivery of information and services to the public.  


The OCIO is currently implementing a series of technology initiatives to improve efficiencies across the Agency.  These initiatives include improving IT security,  increasing operating efficiencies, and modernizing our desktop management and HelpDesk support services.  We are also working to align information technology capabilities with mission areas and NOAA IT initiatives.  This alignment will increase effectiveness, improve transparency and increase productivity, while striving to improve service delivery and customer satisfaction.

The Fisheries Office of the Chief Information Officer has developed an exceptional information technology management team, which leads web site design and development, customer support services, information technology (IT) security management, infrastructure management, and database development.

  • Inform users of proper means to access and utilize NMFS supplied Information Technology (IT)

  • Ensure consistency in the application of IT resources enterprise wide

  • Maximize operational availability of IT resources

  • Ensure that security is not compromised through the use of IT resources

  • Ensure conformance with NOAA & DOC policies

Our Leadership

Roy Varghese

Chief Information Officer

Since 2011, Roy has led the information technology program. In his role as Project Management Office Manager, he worked to implement policies that would increase the pace of IT modernization at Fisheries; designed an assessment to identify and address critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities at the agency; and collaborated with stakeholderPrior to this role, Roy was an independent consultant for OCIO. He led the effort to modernize its data center with robust network recovery plans and data encryption and protection.

Nancy Majower

Deputy Chief Information Officer

In her role as Deputy CIO, Ms. Majower's principal duties are to ensure alignment with the agency's business and strategic goals. She provides direction for information technology, information infrastructure, and telecom programs within headquarters and 11 Regional Science Centers and labs. Prior to her current position, she held IT management positions in IT Security, Network and Help Desk Operations. Ms. Majower received both a Master’s Degree in Information Systems and Bachelors of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland.
Management Team
Roy Varghese ,
Chief Information Officer

Nancy Majower ,
Deputy Chief Information Officer

Kevin Schulke ,
IT Operations Manager

Sonny Tallapragada ,
Infrastructure Ops Manager

Catherine Amores ,
IT Security Manager