Ohio Digital Government Summit 2012 Overview
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Before joining the LBJ School faculty, Lieutenant General Howell served as director of NASA's Johnson Space Center until 2005. In that post he was responsible for planning and directing all of the center's programs, including the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. He also held specific responsibility for such areas as spacecraft engineering and design, flight crew training, space and life sciences research, and mission operations. Prior to this, Howell served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he flew more than 300 combat missions, eventually becoming Commander U.S. Marine Forces, Pacific, responsible for over 80,000 personnel. He has held various staff positions at the U.S. Naval Academy, the Marine Corps Headquarters, the Pentagon and NATO. Howell is the recipient of numerous military decorations and awards, including the Department of Navy's Distinguished Service Medal. In 1980 he received the John Paul Jones Award for Inspirational Leadership from the Navy League of the United States. Howell has a B.A. in political science and an M.A. in economics from the University of Texas.
Bill Schrier is Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Government responsible for helping to drive the strategic direction and development of the Center's programs and for providing thought leadership, strategic direction and hands-on expertise in expanding the Center's services to both government and industry. He is also Director of Digital Communities, the e.Republic local government program.
Schrier was the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the City of Seattle from October 2003 to June 2012. As CTO, he was the senior official, reporting to the Mayor, responsible for information technology policy and management of IT resources serving the 11,000 employees and 600,000 people of Seattle. Schrier was named one of Government Technology magazine's Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in public-sector IT for 2008, Computerworld's Premier 100 CIOs, and was named a fellow of the Public Technology Institute and the Public Safety Foundation of America. He has served in several leadership capacities to develop the Nationwide Public Safety wireless Broadband Network, which was authorized by Congress in February, 2012, and funded with $7 billion. Schrier is also a retired officer of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.