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Top 10 Government Stories Of 2010

In 2010, the government turned to technology as a way to cut costs and improve efficiencies, an approach that worked in some cases but backfired in others. Like their associates in the public sector, government executives and IT professionals saw some big wins -- and headaches -- over the past 12 months. In some cases, cities or agencies were able to save money and boost productivity by adopting technologies such as cloud computing, by centralizing contracts, and reducing energy consumption thro
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Teri Takai leaped from the frying pan of overseeing IT for the cash-strapped state of California into the fire of becoming the Department of Defense's CIO, a position she took-on beginning Nov. 7 after the post had been left empty for almost 18 months. Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren, who had been fulfilling those responsibilities, had recently moved on to become the assistant deputy chief management officer at the DoD. In addition to her CIO role, Takai also temporarily served as acting assistant secretary of defense networks and information integration as several DoD organizations undergo restructuring under the plans of Robert Gates. That plan encompasses the assistant secretary's office, home of the DoD CIO position. Takai is experienced in consolidations, having led statewide initiatives in California and Michigan.

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Pentagon's New CIO Faces A Tough Test

Takai Named CIO Of Defense Department

White House Pulls Defense Dept. CIO Nomination

Military IT Leadership To Undergo Transformation

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