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Craig B. Luigart

Chief Officer VHA Office of Health Information

On September 18, 2005, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Under Secretary for Health Dr. Jonathan Perlin named Craig B. Luigart the Veterans Health Administration's Chief Information Officer (CIO). In a previous position with VA, Mr. Luigart served as Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policies, Plans, and Programs, where he oversaw VA’s strategic planning, privacy policy, budgetary governance, and programmatic transformation processes for information technology (IT).

Mr. Luigart has been recognized as one of the top IT leaders in the country. Most notably he was the Federal IT Executive of the Year in 2005 and was presented the Azimuth Award. Additionally, in 2006 he was presented the Outstanding Medical Information Management Executive award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. He has been awarded both the CIO Magazine 100 Award in 2008 and IDG Computerworld named him one of the top 100 IT leaders in the country in 2002. Federal Computer Week twice named him one of the 100 most influential leaders in the federal IT community, honoring him with the Federal 100 award in 2005 and 2001. In addition, he won the PCWeek Enterprise Award in 1995, and was named one of Microsoft’s CIOs of the year in 1992. The Secretary of the Navy presented Mr. Luigart with two Legion of Merit awards for his information systems leadership. Most recently, he was presented with the Janice K. Mendenhall Spirit of Leadership Award for outstanding leadership and dedication to enhancing VA performance through advances in technology.

Before joining VA, Mr. Luigart was CIO for the Department of Education from 1999 to 2003. There he managed the Department’s nearly $1 billion in IT investments and led a staff of more than 500 IT and information management employees and contractors. He earned the Department of Education’s Executive Management Award in 2000 for his outstanding contributions.

Mr. Luigart has previously served as a Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Development in the private sector for medical IT companies, delivering mobile, hand-held and systems solutions for the outpatient surgery and home care sectors. As a Naval officer and aviator, he was the Program Manager for the Navy’s global business information systems initiatives and CIO for the Department of the Navy’s information systems infrastructure for the Pentagon and Washington regional metropolitan area. Additionally, Mr. Luigart managed the initial establishment of the first CIO office for the Department of the Navy in 1996 and served as the CIO for the 38,000-person Naval Air Systems Command.

He currently serves as chair of the Federal CIO Council’s Section 508 Steering Committee, as one of the national spokespersons for the Administration on technology access for the physically challenged, and as a member of the Federal Chief Information Officer Council Executive Committee. He is the former President of the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) and is a member of the board of advisors for the Washington DC Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

A former career Navy officer and distinguished naval aviator, Mr. Luigart graduated cum laude with a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville in Kentucky. Mr. Luigart is a service-connected disabled veteran.

November 2011