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.
Jerry Williams, CIO, Department of Housing and Urban Development
CIO Jerry Williams is driving reforms in IT governance and management at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, following an internal assessment and external audit, which found inefficiencies in the agency's IT processes.
Under Williams' direction, HUD has established improved capital planning and governance processes. He's fostering stronger discipline by training certified project managers and creating a dashboard for evaluating program effectiveness. Spending on IT projects is now done incrementally, with funding going to projects only if they pass review. An upgrade to the agency's HR system, business intelligence capabilities, and data center consolidation are all part of an ongoing IT modernization strategy. Williams also served as deputy CIO at the Department of Interior, director for financial management for the Director of National Intelligence, acting and deputy CIO of the Department of Agriculture, acting CIO for the Small Business Administration, and chief of federal financial management systems at the Office of Management and Budget.