A Conversation with Joseph F. Klimavicz
July 23, 2012
Mr. Joseph F. Klimavicz was named National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Director, High Performance Computing and Communications in January 2007. In this position, he is responsible for implementing statutory requirements regarding the acquisition, management, and use of NOAA’s information and information technology resources, to include NOAA’s high performance computing and communications infrastructure. Mr. Klimavicz is also responsible for NOAA’s Homeland Security Program to ensure business continuity in event of a terrorist attack, major disaster, or other emergency. He also serves as the Department of Commerce Senior Agency Official for Geospatial Information (SAOGI), and as the Senior Executive responsible for the Department’s use of the radio frequency spectrum. He previously served in the Department of Defense (DOD) as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Deputy CIO, and as the DOD SAOGI.
Mr. Klimavicz has served over 25 years in the federal government. He began his career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as an imagery scientist, developing photogrammetric math models in the National Photographic Interpretation Center, and subsequently served in line management positions within the CIA and the DOD, leading information technology operations and acquisitions.
Mr. Klimavicz received a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1983 and a Master of Engineering degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1988. Major areas of study included geodesy, photogrammetry and imaging systems.
Mr. Klimavicz lives in Vienna, VA., with his wife, Brenda and their three daughters.