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CTG Director to States' Governors: Policy Innovation Needed to Leverage Technology Changes

Article by Theresa Pardo in 'Government Technology' Stresses Coordination with CIOs for Optimal Use of Information Systems

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ALBANY, N.Y. (December 15, 2010) -- Elected officials in America increasingly see innovations in technology as keys to achieving their policy priorities, particularly in today’s difficult economic environment, but these officials often don't understand how they and their chief information officers must work together to reach their goals, says the director of UAlbany's Center for Technology in Government.

Theresa Pardo

CTG Director Theresa Pardo says state governors must work to have technology support policy change. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)

"Elected officials are now turning to technology as part of their core strategy," says Theresa Pardo, CTG director and a research associate and professor in the Department of Public Administration & Policy and the College of Computing and Information. Writing in Government Technology, a leading trade magazine, Pardo credits chief information officers (CIOs) for "this new understanding of the relationship between technology innovation and achieving policy priorities . . . they've worked long and hard to ensure that the highest level leaders understand the potential technology has for transforming government."

Technologies alone, however, writes Pardo, are not enough to achieve such priorities as government consolidation, greater access to quality education, and enhanced economic development. The article outlines three "foundational capabilities" governors must invest in: governance, a culture of information stewardship, and public value assessment. The full article is available on the Governmental Technology website.

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