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Top 10 Government CIOs to Watch in 2021


As the United States begins to open back up after a year of unprecedented shutdowns for private enterprises and government entities, the need to modernize systems and move services to safe, sustainable digital platforms has never been more significant. 

During the most severe months of the pandemic, federal agencies were tasked with making monumental changes to policies that allowed employees to work remotely, enabled vaccine deployment and tracked distribution, and supported the overwhelming burdens many states faced in delivering vital services to citizens.

With President Joe Biden’s proposed $58.5 billion tech modernization budget, which will focus on stronger cybersecurity and infrastructure as well as moving many agencies’ IT services to the cloud, the role of the agency chief information officer will be more important than ever.

For WashingtonExec’s inaugural Top 10 Government Chief Information Officers to Watch, we identified the best of the best based on their accomplishments, expertise and vision for bringing their agencies into the future to better serve constituents in this post-pandemic world.

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