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50 Most Influential Government CIOs

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 of the Department of Interior traditionally hasn't had much clout. That's changing under Bernie Mazer, who's exercising new-found authority in the agency's push to modernize and consolidate its IT operations. Interior is taking a step in the direction of centralization by mandating that there be only one CIO across the department, abolishing bureau CIOs and giving Mazer control of all infrastructure spending and IT procurement. In the process, Interior is streamlining administration and cutting back on office space and IT staff.

In December, Interior announced a five-year IT consolidation plan aimed at saving the agency $500 million over the next five years. Mazer's office is developing policies for capital planning, enterprise architecture and more. The agency plans to cut the number of data centers it operates in half. Mazer was formerly CIO of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an IT manager at USAID and the Department of Defense, and a teacher.

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