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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Dave Bowen has a hand in one of the biggest IT projects in federal government: the multi-billion dollar upgrade to the nation's aging air traffic control systems. The FAA's NextGen project aims to transform the country's old analog air traffic system to a satellite-based, highly automated system. NextGen will enable real-time GPS maps of air and ground traffic, employ computerized weather monitoring for route planning, and let planes fly closer together safely, among other benefits. However, with such a long-term project come challenges, and keeping NextGen on budget and schedule is no simple task.
A pilot himself, Bowen spent 25 years in the healthcare industry, most recently as CIO at Blue Shield of California.