Gundeep Ahluwalia

United States Department of Labor

Gundeep Ahluwalia is a tech leader with a unique vision for innovation and strategy. Since assuming the role of Chief Information Officer (CIO) in October 2016, Ahluwalia has led Information Technology growth and transformation at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). He provides strategic leadership for IT capital planning, project initiatives, talent acquisition and enterprise-wide services—ultimately advancing the Department’s mission-critical work. Prior to serving as the CIO, Ahluwalia served as DOL’s Deputy CIO.

Under his leadership, Ahluwalia directs IT modernization projects, reinforces cybersecurity, promotes accessibility, and fosters information exchange between DOL’s 27 agencies. He collaborates with Department leadership, the Office of Management and Budget, and other key stakeholders to formulate governance policy, budgets, and other strategic investment processes. His flagship program, the award-winning DOL IT Platform, integrates mission critical applications and brings together a variety of services and management into a single, cloud-based environment, including case management, content management, enterprise scanning, service management, and data analytics. His crusade to reduce legacy debt secured an impressive $3.5 million in funding from the Technology Modernization Fund, empowering a transformation of the temporary work visa certification system. The newly digitized process enables employers to hire workers faster, and DOL to realize cost savings from eliminating the use of costly security paper and overnight mail, as well as to create near-real time data sharing between DOL, Department of State, and Homeland Security.