50 Most Influential Government CIOs
June 07, 2011 07:00 AM Check out InformationWeek's Government CIO 50, our power list of top government CIOs--ranging from the NSA's technology chief to innovators at the state and city government level. They've got vision, clout, and sometimes, billion-dollar IT budgets. But most of all, these CIOs are known for delivering tangible, measurable results. Here's an inside look at the government technology leaders and their approaches to unique IT leadership challenges.
Joe Klimavicz, CIO, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lent its assistance with a new mapping website that eventually served up millions of page views. CIO Joe Klimavicz has an affinity for geospatial applications, having joined NOAA in 2007 from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, where he was deputy CIO.
NOAA has increased its investment in supercomputers during Klimavicz's tenure. The agency replaced its operational supercomputers in the fall of 2009, and plans a new machine that will be among the most powerful in the world, and will improve hurricane models, weather forecasts, climate change analysis.
Klimavicz also is focused on cloud computing. The agency has cloud email plans and uses hosted VoIP and emergency notification. Klimavicz also is working to get a handle on the NOAA's data life-cycle management strategy, as the agency stores and manages all of its climate data.