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.
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After reorganizing the FBI's IT department in his first year on the job, CIO Chad Fulgham used 2010 to modernize the bureau's technology infrastructure. The FBI finished replacing an ATM/frame relay network with a new Cisco-based IP network and, under its Next Generation Workstation program, replaced outdated PCs with modern desktop systems featuring 24-inch flat screen monitors, video capabilities, and Microsoft's latest collaboration tools. The agency deployed an identity management system, upgraded systems management software, and created an internal social networking environment.
A Naval Academy graduate, Fulgham came to the FBI from Wall Street, having worked in technology at Lehman Brothers and JPMorgan Chase. Fulgham took the bold step of wresting control of the FBI's delayed, over-budget Sentinel case-management project from prime contractor Lockheed Martin for a more hands-on approach. Fulgham decided to employ agile development--rare in federal IT--as a way of putting Sentinel on a faster track for completion.