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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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After 10 years as Navy CIO, Rob Carey last year stepped into a new assignment as deputy CIO for the Department of Defense. Carey will put his knowledge of the inner workings of the military to use in helping CIO Teri Takai reorganize DOD's IT structure.

During Carey's tenure, the Navy got a much-needed network upgrade in the form of its Next Generation Enterprise Network. Carey also focused on cybersecurity, developing new training rules to ensure a well-prepared workforce. He supported the use of social media by the Navy and was an active blogger who used the Web to share his vision outside the walls of the Pentagon.

By contrast, Carey's replacement, Terry Halvorsen, pulled the plug on the Navy CIO blog shortly after taking over. "The new CIO's first blog is his last," Halvorsen wrote on December 1, just two weeks into the job. Halvorsen encouraged Navy employees and contractors to carry on their exchanges inside the firewall, in "a secure Web environment."

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