Top 50 Government CIOs Announced

Howard Schmidt, Keith Alexander

U.S. Cyber Command and NSA head Keith B. Alexander and White House cyber coordinator Howard A. Schmidt have been chosen among the top 50 government CIOs on InformationWeek Government’s compilation of technology leaders across federal, state and local agencies.

But what exactly makes a top government CIO? Although there is no one-size-fits-all answer for that question, “technology vision, clout among peers in other agencies, and an ability to show tangible, measurable results” are common traits among the 2011 Government CIO 50, InformationWeek’s John Foley writes.

“The CIOs on our list aren't just first-class leaders; they must be great managers, able to juggle priorities and meet deadlines,” he pointed out.

In addition to Alexander and Schmidt, the list includes notable names such as federal CIO Vivek Kundra and federal CTO Aneesh Chopra; DoD’s Teri Takai and Robert Carey; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Rosio Alvarez; GSA’s Casey Coleman; and HHS’ Michael Carleton.

Others, keeping a lower public profile, are luminaries in their own right, Foley said. Al Tarasiuk, for example, who previously  served as CIO of the CIA, was recently named CIO of the U.S. Intelligence Community, where he is developing standards and an IT architecture for information sharing across the agencies and organizations that make up the coalition.

The 50 CIOs will be honored May 5, 2011, at the second annual InformationWeek Government IT Forum, a one-day event that assembles chief information officers, chief technology officers and other top technology decision makers in federal agencies and departments to discuss how they are using technology to propel change in federal operations.



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