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The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management Director Tracy Stone-Manning announced the return of Dr. James Rolfes.
Rolfes began his new role leading the BLM's Information Management and Technology Directorate Sept. 11, according to a Sept. 9 news release.
“Jim is a widely respected and highly experienced information management and technology professional,” Stone-Manning said. “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.”
According to the release, he will oversee approximately 350 permanent staff members and contract workers across seven divisions: investment management, enterprise geospatial services, project management, customer relationship management, reporting and development, enterprise engineering and infrastructure operations and interagency fire and aviation IT support.
A former BLM employee, Rolfes is an experienced veteran of multiple agencies, the release reported. He has worked with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, serving as chief information officer, chief data officer and senior agency official for privacy. He has also worked with the U.S. Department of Treasury's Bureau of the Fiscal Service and has worked in the Department of the Interior's Office of the Chief Information Officer at both the Department and the National Park Service.
Rolfes graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland College Park, and holds both Doctor of Management and a Master of Science degrees in computer systems management from the same college, the release reported.