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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With 32 years at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Jerry Johnson may be the federal CIO with the longest tenure in one place, with the last six as the lab's CIO. Located in Washington State and with a staff of 4,900, PNNL is one of 10 national labs operated under the auspices of the DOE. The lab conducts research in science, energy, the environment, and national security, much of it dependent on robust IT systems and networking. Johnson oversees a computing and network infrastructure comprised of supercomputers, sophisticated custom software and collaboration tools.
The lab has a research role in counter terrorism, which entails information analysis and cybersecurity. Key projects include developing enterprise architecture and building role-based portals to support project management and line management.