Steve Emanuel, CIO, Montgomery County, Md./Photo by Cade Martin
Cover story

Public CIOs' Role Shifting to Leader

CIOs manage IT, money, employees and political terrain.

Current Special Report / Rethinking Citizen Engagement

This Public CIO Special Report examines new methods of engagement, the technologies that support them and the best practices of cities and states across the nation.


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CIOs and Performance Management: Know Your Metrics Before Cutting Costs

Objective IT performance benchmarks will less likely damage a valued service when it comes time to cut.
Jim Russell, vice president of public sector, Symantec/Photo courtesy of Symantec

Virtualization: CIOs Find Benefits Beyond Savings

Five benefits of server and endpoint virtualization include positively impacting security, worker agility and future IT initiatives.

Five Challenges to Smarter Stimulus Spending

Analytic tools can help public CIOs spend stimulus funds expediently while providing the necessary transparency.


The Public-Sector CIO's Changing Tasks (Opinion)

CIOs evolve as problem-solvers, not just procurement managers.

Book Review

IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government's Technology Investments

IT Budgeting and Decision Making: Maximizing Your Government's Technology Investments


Tracking Transparency's Direct and Indirect Costs (Opinion) costs a bundle, but government openness promotes efficiency.

CTO Strategies

States Must Share Intranet Bandwidth With Local Governments for Higher Speeds and Big Savings (Opinion)

Michigan shares digital infrastructure with Oakland County for cheaper, faster connections.

Security Adviser

How Safe Is Social Media? (Opinion)

Don't make 'bear shaving' your security policy for Web 2.0.


Firing a Public CIO for Telling the Truth Sets a Bad Precedent at Many Levels (Opinion)

Virginia CIO Lem Stewart's firing seems to be punishment for spotlighting problems with the state's contract with Northrop Grumman.