Council forms advisory group for CIOs

The Council for Excellence in Government has formed the Chief Information Officers-Senior Advisers to Government Executives, a group of former federal, state and local CIOs to offer advice to incoming and new government CIOs.

The network, called CIO-SAGE, has more than 25 former CIOs who will offer knowledge and expertise on technology management issues.

"Former government CIOs - the folks who have 'been there and done that' - are an incredible and too often underused resource," said Patricia McGinnis, president and chief executive officer of the Council for Excellence in Government.

The group will:

  • Assist, advise, and mentor incoming public-sector CIOs on successful technology and business alignment and outcomes;


  • Create a haven for thought leadership, information exchanges and innovative thinking among existing and former CIOs;


  • Share and build lessons learned and discuss activities essential to integrating strategies for e-government;


  • Help incoming CIOs recognize customer and business centric needs and demands behind digital government and promote these to other government decision-makers.


  • The group will meet quarterly. The members are:

    Kathleen Adams and Renato DiPentima, Social Security Administration

    Roger Baker and Alan Balutis, Commerce Department

    Mark Boyer, Alaska

    Paul Brubaker and Marvin Langston, Defense Department

    Curtis Clark, North Carolina

    Keith Comstock, West Virginia

    Matt DeZee, South Carolina

    John Thomas Flynn, California and Massachusetts

    Kathleen Hirning, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

    John Kelly, Arizona

    Steve Kolodney, Washington

    John Kost, Michigan

    Michael Langrehr, Maryland

    Joseph Leo and Anne Reed, Agriculture Department

    Marlene Lockard, Nevada

    George Molaski, Transportation Department

    Alvin Pesachowitz, Environmental Protection Agency

    William Piatt, General Services Administration

    Wendy Rayner, New Jersey

    Larry Singer, Georgia

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