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FCW Insider: How would you write the CTO's job description?

President-elect Obama's decision to appoint a governmentwide chief technology officer has generated a lot of discussion about that person's job description.


For example, some observers wonder whether Obama is really looking for a policy person -- not a CTO but a CIO. Others wonder if the new administration will give the CTO the authority they need to be effective -- in particular, the budget authority.


A case in point is funds control. If an agency chooses to disregard a particular technology policy when developing a new program, will the CTO have the ability to withhold that program's funding?


How would you write the CTO's job description? Post a comment on this blog or send a letter to the editor.


Meanwhile, here are some thoughts to consider:


FCW's recent article on the CTO: Obama CTO to need clear authority


A blog post by Harvard Business School's Andrew McAfee


Obama's technology plan (including CTO description)


 

Posted by John Stein Monroe on Nov 19, 2008 at 12:18 PM


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