Council offers SAGE advice
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Jan 23, 2003
The Council for Excellence in Government — with the help of about 25 former
government chief information officers — has created a resource pool that
current public-sector CIOs can dip into for advice, problem-solving and
"The value it creates is it brings together a significant cadre of people
with similar backgrounds, similar experiences and puts them in one place
and makes them available to the CIO community," said David McClure, vice
president of e-government at the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit council,
which works to improve government performance.
The CIO Senior Advisors to Government Executives is the brainchild of
McClure, a former senior information technology official with the General
Accounting Office, and Steve Kolodney, former Washington state CIO and now
vice president of digital government for American Management Systems Inc.,
which provided some start-up money to put the group together.
The network may be especially helpful because nearly half of state governments
have new administrations, and the federal government has experienced a significant
turnover as well.
McClure said the CIO network isn't there to express any particular viewpoint
or represent any company, but members with diverse backgrounds and different
strengths — whether as managers, technologists, change or business agents
— could share lessons learned and successful approaches and draw on their
past experience for a particular problem.
At the end of 2002, the council brought together former public-sector
CIOs — many of whom are now in the private sector — to pitch the concept
of the advisory group, he said. Beginning next month, the council plans
to hold quarterly meetings between the network and new federal, state and
Already, a subset of the network has met with Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
Romney's IT commission on enterprise management, McClure said. The network
also can reach beyond current CIOs to the executive and political ranks
of state, federal and local governments by explaining a CIO role.
McClure said he wasn't aware of any such mechanism in the past that
brought former CIOs together with current ones. A long-term goal would be
to develop a funding model to sustain the network.
"It's a widely needed and recognized function," he said. "I know CIOs
in state and local governments have expressed great interest in having a
body to go to."