NHTSA Leadership

Chief Information Officer: Colleen Coggins

Colleen Coggins is the chief information officer (CIO) for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As CIO, Coggins provides leadership and oversight to ensure NHTSA’s information technology (IT) systems and services effectively support and enable NHTSA’s mission. She leads the development and implementation of IT and Information Resource Management strategies, plans, standards, and policies, and also oversees numerous IT programs including enterprise architecture, information assurance, and records management. She provided leadership in the successful execution of the IT system supporting the popular “Cash for Clunkers” Presidential Initiative that was implemented in less than 30 days, and successfully processed approximately 700,000 transactions.

Prior to becoming the CIO for NHTSA in 2009, Coggins served as the acting program manager for the Federal Enterprise Architecture Program Management Office at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Outside of her responsibilities at OMB, Coggins retained her role as chief enterprise architect (EA) of the Department of the Interior (DOI). Her leadership in EA spanned the Federal Government, as evidenced by her service as chairwoman of an inter-agency team of chief architects that developed a performance-based, step-by-step approach to architecture, called the Federal Segment Architecture Methodology. Under her leadership as the DOI Chief Architect, DOI attained the highest score in the Federal government for EA maturity by OMB in 2005 and 2006. Also in 2006, under her leadership, DOI was ranked by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as the highest ranked Federal agency for completion of elements in the GAO EA Maturity Framework. During Coggins’s tenure at DOI, she personally led the development of modernization blueprints for key business segments including recreation, law enforcement, and geospatial and financial management, resulting in the retirement of numerous redundant systems and millions in overall cost savings.

Coggins has been honored with numerous awards, including the “Enterprise Architecture Hall of Fame” award by the Federal Architecture Certification (FEAC) Institute in 2008; “Excellence in Enterprise Architecture” award by the E-Gov Institute in September 2004 and September 2006; Fed 100 Winner by Federal Computer Week for 2008 and 2009; and the Presidential Rank Award in 2008.

Coggins has a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in computer systems management. She’s a certified enterprise architect from the FEAC Institute.