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Government CIO 50: Driving Change in the Public Sector

Nitin Pradhan on 9/26/2010

DOT’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Nitin Pradhan, was recognized in InformationWeek's first-ever compilation of top CIOs in federal, state, and local government, and how they're managing new expectations. CIOs at federal agencies are under pressure to adopt new technologies, deliver on the promise of "open government," and shed outdated procurement practices. InformationWeek set out to identify top technology leaders at all levels of government who are embracing and responding to these new expectations. Its top 50 is a Who's Who of government IT influencers from San Francisco to Washington.

Nitin Pradhan brings a business person's point of view to management of the DOT's IT strategy, policy, and implementation. As CIO, Pradhan oversees an IT budget of over $3 billion, which goes toward IT projects such as next-generation air traffic control systems that are intended to reduce delays and air traffic congestion and allow for fuel-saving flight paths. Pradhan brings twenty years of IT experience to the job, having worked in such varied environments as startups, government agencies, and the private sector. Prior to joining the DOT, he was chief IT architect with the Fairfax County Public Schools IT Department.


Association For Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) Leadership Award

H. Giovanni Carnaroli (5/21/2010)

Giovanni Carnaroli, Associate Chief Information Officer for Information Technology Policy Oversight, received the Leadership Award for Service to the Citizen for excellence in management information technology for improved services to the citizen for his leadership in Open Government at DOT. Under Carnaroli’s leadership, DOT’s Open Government effort was truly collaborative, involving over 200 employees and representation from all of the Operating Administrations. DOT was innovative by adhering to the principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration in developing its Open Government Plan, including soliciting and incorporating public feedback.

DOT successfully exceeded the requirements of the Open Government Directive and emerged as a leader in the effort to make Federal government more transparent to citizens and increase public participation and collaboration in day-to-day business operations. DOT even received positive feedback from the White House for the high quality of the data sets it released and the caliber of the final Open Government Plan.


2010 InformationWeek Government IT Innovators

U.S. Department of Transportation (7/20/2010)

The U.S. Department of Transportation was recognized as a leading innovator in InformationWeek’s second annual Government IT Innovators contest for its leadership in Open Government.

The DOT Open Government Plan was the culminating result of innovation and collaboration and even exceeded the requirements listed in the Open Government Directive. Evidence of the business value derived from this initiative included employee engagement and culture change, performance measures, and cross-agency transferability.


Open Government Leading Practices Awards

U.S. Department of Transportation (8/12/2010)

The White House announced Leading Practices Awards recipients for agencies that exceeded the Open Government Directive’s basic requirements. Eight agencies received 11 awards out of an applicant field of 32 submissions. A selection panel of agency peers determined the awards, which recognize the best and most innovative strategies for promoting Open Government over the next two years. The U.S. Department of Transportation earned the Leading Practices designation in two of the four award categories, including “Leadership, Governance, and Culture Change” and “Flagship Initiative.” The DOT was one of only three agencies to receive two badges.


Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013