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The job of government CIO hasn't hasn't gotten easier, but it's certainly grown more interesting. CIOs at federal agencies are under pressure to adopt new technologies, deliver on the promise of "open government," and shed outdated procurement practices. At the state and local level, the pressures are much the same; the resources, often less.How are CIOs managing these challenges? InformationWeek and our recently launched InformationWeek Government set out to identify top technology leaders at all levels of government who are embracing and responding to these new expectations. Our top 50 is a Who's Who of government IT influencers from San Francisco to Washington.
One of the things that sets government IT apart from most corporate IT departments is sheer scale. It's one of the first things that federal CIO Vivek Kundra points to when he talks about the task at hand. Federal agencies spend a combined $76 billion annually and manage more than 10,000 systems, in support of 1.9 million employees and 300 million "customers."