IT decision makers are turning to social media for a number of reasons. They can engage with peers, interact directly with citizens and spread information about their agencies’ work. A handful of CIOs have emerged as leaders on Twitter, gaining followers and influence by virtue of their insight. As Mark Malseed and Andrew Einhorn discuss on OhMyGov, social media is an opportunity for agencies and government leaders to be open and transparent on a free and easily accessible platform:
The popularity of social media across many different demographic groups has allowed for an unprecedented level of openness and connectedness, which also provides substantial opportunities for “good government.” By using inexpensive and widely accessible social media platforms, government agencies can engage and communicate with a citizenry eager for conversation in ways previously impossible or impractical.
Read 7 Reasons Every Government Agency Needs a Social Media Policy on OhMyGov.
Recently, the Huffington Post published a list of 70 influential CIOs on Twitter. Five were federal employees, and they are listed below:
Steven VanRoekel - Executive Office of the President
Appointed directly by the President of the United States, VanRoekel is just the second federal CIO. He spent 15 years working at Microsoft before joining the government in 2009. @stevenvDC
Rick Holgate - Bureau of the ATF
Linda Cureton - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
Sonny Hashmi - Deputy Chief Information Officer, GSA
Along with Casey Coleman, Hashmi is “responsible for leveraging emerging technologies to improve GSA operations, drive IT modernization, and lead enterprise initiatives.” He describes himself as a “multi-faceted geek” and is a must-follow for IT workers. @sonny_h
Casey Coleman - General Services Administration
As CIO of the largest government agency, Coleman is responsible for a $600 million IT budget. She uses Twitter to share best practices for technology as well as her other passion: fitness. She is also the author of the GSA Innovation blog, which was a Must-Read IT blog, and was featured in a FedTech article about the ROI of cloud computing. @caseycoleman