George Linares

Chief Technology Officer

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

George Linares is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As CTO, George serves as one of the Agency's principal officials responsible for information technology (IT) at CMS in the following areas: systems architecture & security, platforms and networks. George advocates the optimization of CMS' IT investments and proposes enhancements to CMS IT and information technology practices to maintain cost-effective offerings, with an emphasis on the ever evolving and maturing of CMS’ technical environment. Additionally, George fosters the introduction of innovative technologies in the areas of Service Architectures, Enterprise Shared Services, Cloud Computing and Data Management, and practical opportunities to balance program needs with technology advancements. He has also made it a priority to further engage and enable staff by promoting technology infusion opportunities through a number of parallel initiatives, which includes industry outreach and internal forums to share emerging technologies. In tandem, he is working to establish a continuous technical development program. George has worked at CMS since 2003, assuming the responsibility of various roles, including Technical Advisor and Application Architect, where he managed and provided the overall guidance and structure for creating and maintaining enterprise software solutions that aligned with CMS and Federal architectural standards and policies. Prior to joining CMS, George worked as a software developer and lead in multiple industry settings where he developed, implemented, and maintained large-scale banking, manufacturing, and financial IT initiatives. George also served in the U.S. Army and he earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Towson University.