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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Nitin Pradhan oversees a $3 billion-plus IT portfolio at the Department of Transportation. His team's projects include a crowdsourcing platform called Idea Hub, a new service catalog, wider deployment of geospatial information systems, and a cloud computing environment called Agility.
Transportation has adopted a content strategy that allows for collaborative authoring and multimedia documents. And the department is a leader in open government. When the White House gave awards for going "above and beyond" the Open Government Directive, DOT was recognized for Leadership, Governance, and Culture Change, and its flagship transparency initiative--a way for the public to help develop new agency regulations--was likewise acknowledged. Pradhan was previously CTO of Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. He also has experience with tech startups, both as managing director of Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology and as co-founder of TechContinuum, a wireless startup.