Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security recruits SBA Technology lead to be Acting CIO

G2X TAKE: Nagesh Rao, armed with perspective gained working in the Public, Private, and NGO sectors over the last 20+ years, takes on a new challenge as Acting Chief Information Officer with the Bureau of Industry and Security. 

Nagesh has served as an instrumental GovTech leader with the US Small Business Adminstration overseeing various teams creating, supporting, modernizing Digital Products (,, Ascent, Certify, Lender Match, EIDL, PPP, SBA Insight, SBA Connect, SBA CX-360, etc.) and on the COVID-19 Leadership Response Team.

This Commerce Department Bureau’s mission is to advance U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives by ensuring an effective export control and treaty compliance system and promoting continued U.S. strategic technology leadership. 

Prior roles include: 

  • Director of Business Technology Solutions (BiTS) – US Small Business Administration 
  • Chief Technologist, Senior Policy Advisor, & Geek in Residence – US Small Business Administration 



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