Bureau of Land Management Names Dr. James Rolfes as Associate Chief Information Officer for Information Management and Technology


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WASHINGTON -- Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Director Tracy Stone-Manning announced today that Dr. James (Jim) Rolfes will return to the Bureau to lead the BLM’s Information Management and Technology (IMT) Directorate.

“Jim is a widely respected and highly experienced information management and technology professional,” said BLM Director Stone-Manning. “He has a deep knowledge of program management, as well as planning, policy, and compliance experience in numerous federal departments and agencies. His leadership abilities, passion, and commitment will help build on BLM’s success.”

As BLM Associate Chief Information Officer, Rolfes will be located in Washington, D.C., and will oversee approximately 350 permanent staff and contractors who manage a myriad of IMT functions, including IT security, in seven divisions: Investment Management; Enterprise Geospatial Services; Project Management; Customer Relationship Management; Reporting & Development; Enterprise Engineering & Infrastructure Operations; and Interagency Fire & Aviation IT Support.

Rolfes, who begins his new position on September 11, is a former BLM employee. He returns to the BLM having developed robust technical and leadership experience with other agencies.  Most recently he comes from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, where he’s been the Chief Information Officer, Chief Data Officer, and Senior Agency Official for Privacy since 2015. Prior to that he worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service where he was the Assistant Commissioner for Data Transparency and Analytics and Chief Data Officer. Rolfes has deep roots in the Department of the Interior, having worked also in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at both the National Park Service and the Department. 

Rolfes holds a Doctor of Management and a Master of Science in computer systems management, both from the University of Maryland University College. He also earned a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from the University of Maryland College Park.

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.