SBA names new chief technology officer

SBA named Douglas Robertson its new CTO, effective Aug. 27.

SBA named Douglas Robertson its new CTO, effective Aug. 27. Robert Kaufmann/FEMA

The agency promoted Douglas Robertson to CTO following his work on the Paycheck Protection Program loan effort.

The Small Business Administration recently named a new chief technology officer, selecting a technology veteran of its nearly $1 trillion pandemic-era business loan program. 

Agency representatives confirmed to Nextgov/FCW that Douglas Robertson has been selected to serve as the SBA’s CTO, effective Aug. 27.

“Serving as a key member of the OCIO leadership team, his technical expertise focus on establishing enterprise-wide technology standards and serving on multiple high-impact initiatives to achieve overall goals,” the SBA said in a statement to Nextgov/FCW

Robertson hails from a private sector background, but was recruited by the SBA in 2020 and worked on the COVID-19-related Paycheck Protection Program, leading a product team responsible for standing up systems to process $15 billion and 140,000 PPP first round loan applications, according to his LinkedIn profile. 

While at the SBA, he also oversaw contracts for agile software project management, which parlayed into helping upgrade the SBA’s content management system and spearheading the implementation of the Veterans Certification Program. 

Among his responsibilities as CTO will be steering SBA’s technology function, formally defining the agency’s technical vision, institutionalizing security programs and leveraging current tech trends for improved programming and performance within agency operations.