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Joe Fousek – Bond, Schoeneck & King

Chief Information Officer Joe Fousek is a pretty popular guy around the office these days. Such as when there’s no such thing as technical “downtime” anymore. Since coming to the national law firm of Bond, Schoeneck & King in 2018, Fousek has been spearheading a three-year master plan to implement $10 million in technological upgrades: […]

Dan Raiha – Idaho Department of Lands

You might say Dan Raiha uses tech to help people see the forest for the trees. The CIO for the Idaho Department of Lands makes sure Idaho uses data to best manage 2.5 million acres of land. That’s a perfect role for an Idaho native with a degree in mathematics and a deep appreciation for […]

Shane McDaniel – City of Seguin, Texas

It takes a certain amount of absurdity, Shane McDaniel acknowledges, to purposely break technology that’s long worked reasonably well and commit to a complicated and costly upgrade. Especially in the public sector, which is where McDaniel has plied his infotech expertise and leadership the past two years as the first IT director of the south-central […]

E. Steven Emanuel – Newark, N.J.

In retrospect, it could have been worse for Newark, New Jersey, in the spring of 2017. Sure, the municipal computers were hacked and the Garden State’s most populous city held up for $30,000 in bitcoin by a couple of high-tech miscreants in the Middle East. But that same duo likely extorted even more in untraceable […]

Andrew Buss – City of Philadelphia

For some, the term “innovation management” may seem like a sign on a Disney Studios office door. But Andrew Buss, Philadelphia’s Deputy Chief Information Officer for Innovation Management, sees his role as trying to change the way municipal government works. “There are a lot of ways to define innovation,” Buss says. “For us, innovation is […]

Michael Dent – Fairfax County Government

He doesn’t have to look far for a reminder of what can happen when a municipality lets down its cybersecurity safeguards. For just this past spring, Baltimore was held virtual hostage, its computer systems hacked by the ransomware RobinHood. While Maryland’s biggest city may be commended for refusing to pay the hackers $75,000 in untraceable […]

Travis Cutright – City of Mesa

It’s not Tokyo or New York, but for Chief Information Officer Travis Cutright, the IT amenities currently being rolled out in Mesa, Arizona—the 35th largest city in the U.S.—are as cutting-edge as they come. There’s a mobile app that allows users to access and pay their utility bills from anywhere, high-speed networks in neighborhoods where reliable […]

William Zauner – JAMS

In an age when giant tech companies like Upwork and Uber pop up in rapid succession and employees hop from one job to the next, William Zauner is frequently asked what’s kept him working at JAMS for 29 years. His response? “It isn’t one company, it has been many different companies over the years,” Zauner, […]

Jerome Smith – North Carolina Department of Revenue

The building may look like a veritable fortress, but the cybersecurity assault is unrelenting—and all eyes are upon the North Carolina Department of Revenue (DOR), monitoring their next move. What happens here in terms of protecting state and federal tax information and financial data could be a first in a nationwide initiative, according to Jerome […]

Nelson Moe – Commonwealth of Virginia + VITA

In the eyes of many Americans, democracy is a given. It’s our sacred birthright, deeply rooted and permanent, helping define who we are as people, as citizens, as a country. Spend 30-plus years deep inside the system like Nelson Moe has, and you might have a different perspective. Democracy isn’t foolproof; it’s fragile—and, if you […]

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