CIO Council releases transition guide for agency heads

Emerging technologies such as social networking, blogs and wikis provide a new and faster way for government agencies to share information, but the technologies will also create new safety and security challenges, according to a transition guide published today by the Federal Chief Information Officers Council.

The transition guide was written for newly appointed agency leaders, said Dave Wennergren, deputy CIO at the Defense Department.

Adopting commercially available collaboration and Web 2.0 tools will be essential in attracting new employees and serving the needs people receiving government services, the guide states.

“Using commercially available solutions and adopting industry best practices allows us to rapidly and effectively adopt these new capabilities and meet our emerging information technology needs,” the guide states.

“Our success in embracing these changes in the market place, adopting the way in which the ‘net generation’ workforce gets work done, will go a long way towards ensuring our technology future – making the federal government an employer of choice for today’s young people,” according to the transition guide.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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