Mr. Nelson currently serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. He previously served as the CIO and Director, Office of Enterprise Information for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). He was selected for this role to manage the CMS $2.6B information technology (IT) portfolio including complex ecosystem of applications and trusted data exchanges supporting Healthcare.gov, the Medicare Claims Processing, Medicaid Support, and Quality Reporting Systems.
Mr. Nelson previously held several important roles at CMS including the Director, Office of Information Services; Director, Office of Enterprise Management; and Director, Data Analytics and Control Group for the Center for Program Integrity at CMS. The Data Analytics and Control Group is the CMS primary focal point for analytics related to fraud, waste, and abuse, and provides statistical and data analysis for program integrity issues in the original Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Prescription Drug Plan, and Medicaid programs. He joined CMS in 2004 as the Director, Division of Call Center Systems, Office of External Affairs and Beneficiary Services, and was charged with improving access to information for 40 million Medicare beneficiaries.
Before joining CMS, Mr. Nelson served in a variety of challenging private sector leadership roles, including co-founder of two broadband development companies providing access to underserved markets in the United States.
Mr. Nelson also served in executive operations roles both in the United States and abroad for several leading IT development and telecommunications companies, and as Vice President of Operations for a telecommunications firm where he managed commissioning of several hundred satellite earth stations in 50 countries across Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
Mr. Nelson served in the U.S. Air Force, Yakota AB Japan, and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Phoenix.