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.
Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO, White House Office of Science and Technology
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra leads the technology arm of the White House's Office of Science and Technology, where he manages the federal IT research and development budget and develops policy.
Chopra is one of the primary spokespeople for the Obama administration's open government initiative, and he's been directly involved in the government's work in the area of healthcare IT. He co-chairs a federal health IT task force, helped establish a public-private partnership to promote infant health via a mobile app, and had a hand in the launch of California's Telehealth Network. Chopra led a call for increased federal spending on technology R&D, and he's been driving development of ExpertNet, a wiki that will let subject matter experts in the private sector weigh in on public policy. Chopra was previously Virginia's secretary of technology, advising the governor on technology, chairing the state's healthcare IT council, and encouraging development of the state's technology industry.