Power Players | 7 - Scott Charbo and Robert Howard

Scott Charbo

Robert Howard

Positions: Charbo is chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, and Howard is CIO at the Veterans Affairs Department.

Tenure: Charbo and Howard have been in their positions since 2005 and 2006, respectively.

2006 Power Player position: Not listed.

What they have done: Many CIOs are responsible for information technology, but they don’t have control over spending. Charbo and Howard are rare among government CIOs because they have full spending authority — Charbo by policy and Howard by law. They can control how their organizations spend their IT dollars.

Challenges ahead: Charbo and Howard oversee troubled agencies, and nobody believes their issues will be easy to tackle. The responsibility to fix problems accompanies empowerment.

FCW power forecast: To be determined.

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