25 Most Influential Government CIOs

On InformationWeek's Government CIO 25, we profile the top public sector tech executives who are driving big changes in government IT.
14. Luke McCormack, CIO, Department of Justice

In March 2012, McCormack stepped in as CIO at the DOJ, where he provides oversight of IT efforts that extend across the department's various component organizations. Before taking the DOJ job, he served for seven years as CIO at Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Department of Homeland Security. McCormack is co-chair of the federal CIO Council's Information Security and ID Management Committee. He has private-sector experience with MCI and Ford Aerospace.

15. Rahul Merchant, CIO and Chief Innovation Officer, New York

It was notable when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg named Merchant to be city CIO in April 2012 not just because of the size and scope of the job -- he oversees the Department of IT and Telecommunications, with a staff of 1,200 -- but because Merchant wears a second hat as chief innovation officer. He's part of the city's ambitious plan to become a global tech hub by encouraging startup activity, business development and tech training.

16. Terry Milholland, CTO, Internal Revenue Service

Milholland has been instrumental in helping the IRS modernize is outdated tax-management systems. In 2012, after years of trying, the agency finally implemented a database management system called the Customer Account Database Engine 2, or CADE 2, that expedited tax processing and put more up-to-date information in the hands of the agency's call handlers. Before coming to the IRS in 2008, Milholland was a technology executive at Visa International, EDS and Boeing.

17. Bill Oates, CIO, City of Boston

Oates has been building Boston's reputation as a "smart" city through the use of analytics software and other technologies. Projects include Citizens Connect, a mobile app that lets residents report potholes and other problems to city managers; deployment of asset management software at the Public Works Department; and an operations dashboard at the Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

Todd Park
Todd Park
Photo: White House

18. Todd Park, Federal CTO, Office of Science and Technology Policy, White House

Since being appointed federal CTO in March 2012, Park has brought enthusiasm, energy and new ideas to the federal government's tech strategy and investments. Previously CTO of Health and Human Services, Park brings an entrepreneur's approach to government service, having co-founded several health IT startups. He's a vocal proponent of open government and has helped drive innovation through "health data paloozas" and the Presidential Innovation Fellows program.

19. Jerome Pender, CIO, FBI

A 10-year veteran of the FBI, Pender was appointed CIO in August 2012. Prior to that, he served as deputy assistant director of the agency's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, which manages both the national background check system and fingerprint identification system. The FBI has contracted with Accenture Federal Systems to modernize the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, the key platform used in firearms background checks.

20. Margie Graves, Deputy CIO, Homeland Security

As deputy CIO of Homeland Security since 2008, Graves was forced to step in as acting CIO in March 2013 when agency CIO Richard Spires took a personal leave of absence. Spires resigned in May and Graves continues to serve as deputy CIO. She manages the operations of the Office of the CIO and oversees IT architecture, infrastructure and security.

21. Richard Holgate, CIO, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Holgate has led numerous IT projects at ATF, including mobile development and deployment, moving the agency's email system to the cloud, creating an email archive online for e-discovery and making aggregate gun-trace data available in an open format. Holgate's biggest and most important IT project is still to come: an upgrade to the agency's outdated Firearms Tracing System.

22. Al Tarasiuk, CIO, U.S. Intelligence Community

Working in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Tarasiuk oversees IT strategy and implementation for the 17-member Intelligence Community. He's using his position to encourage wider adoption of cloud computing and other kinds of shared services and platforms. He works with the CIOs of the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office and the National Security Agency to advance an IT strategy that spans the various intelligence agencies.

Teri Takai
Teri Takai
Photo: DOD

23. Teri Takai, CIO, Department of Defense

Since joining the Pentagon in 2010, Takai has launched several department-wide IT initiatives, including an enterprise IT strategy and roadmap, a 10-point modernization plan, a cloud computing strategy and a mobility strategy that makes for increased use of commercial smartphones and wireless infrastructure.

24. Jeanne Tisinger, CIO, CIA

Tisinger was appointed CIO of the CIA in July 2010. She reports to CIA director John Brennan and oversees the agency's IT and information management programs. The CIO also serves as the agency's senior official for privacy matters, coordinating internal and external information-sharing policies.

Steven VanRoekel
Steven VanRoekel
Photo: CIO Council

25. Steven VanRoekel, federal CIO, Office of Management and Budget

VanRoekel has been busy since stepping in as federal CIO in mid-2011, driving forward existing OMB policies such as "Cloud First" while introducing new ideas and policies of his own. Some of his biggest projects have included the government-wide Shared Services Strategy and Digital Government Strategy, both introduced in May 2012. More recently, he relaunched the government's IT portfolio management program as PortfolioStat 2.0, tying it more closely to data center consolidation efforts.

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