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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The CIO in federal government with the longest tenure in one job is Van Hitch, who has been the Justice Department's CIO since April 2002. During that time, Hitch has overhauled the department's IT organization and IT business processes, and established an IT investment review board.
One of Hitch's foremost initiatives has been around information sharing. Justice's Law Enforcement Information Sharing Program aims to improve collaboration among federal, state, and local law enforcement. Hitch is also one of the foremost supporters of the National Information Exchange Model, which was born at the agency and is now used across several agencies. Other initiatives include wireless radio upgrades and financial system modernization. Hitch was formerly a senior partner with Accenture, where he helped develop Maryland's IT strategic plan and automate Philadelphia's Records Department.