Building the Federal CIO Resume: Keys to Digital Government

Changing roles and governance models affect CIOs at all levels of government.

Changing roles and governance models affect CIOs at all levels of government.

The title “chief information officer” has been around government for many years. But the demands of the job and its responsibilities change constantly, at both the federal and state and local levels.

Change can be driven by technological developments, the most recent being the advent of cloud computing, big data and data analytics, greater use of agile development in the deployment of digital services, and the Internet of Things. All of these have impact on how government technology offices deal with their own users, applications and data centers. And they advance the types of services potentially available to the citizens they serve.

Also affecting the CIO role are legislative developments. For instance, at the federal level the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gave CIOs new authorities and responsibilities, while succeeding and replacing the Information Technology Management Reform Act of nearly 20 years earlier.

New York State enacted its own version of a FITARA.

So is the federal CIO a technology guru, cybersecurity leader, business process engineer, or senior manager? In some ways, CIOs may possibly have to become a combination of all of the above.

To explore these topics, Unisys assembled a team of its senior government-focused leaders:

  • Mark Forman, head of public sector worldwide and former administrator for e-government at the Office of Management and Budget
  • Shawn Kingsberry, vice president of digital government and citizen services and former CIO of the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board
  • And Peter O’Donoghue, vice president of application services at Unisys Federal



Tom Temin, Federal News Radio

Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006. Tom has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.



Mark Forman, Global Head, VP and General Manager, Public Sector, Unisys

In his current role, Mark is leveraging deep domain industry expertise across the entire Unisys portfolio to provide solutions important to Public Sector clients. He has global responsibility for leading all Unisys activities and growing revenues and profitability within the Public Sector vertical. This includes providing direct leadership for the Client Executive teams supporting Public Sector clients and developing strong working relationships within Unisys to expand existing solutions and develop new offerings. Click to read Mark Forman’s full bio.


Shawn Kingsberry, VP, Digital Government and Citizen Services, Unisys

Shawn Kingsberry serves as the VP, Digital Government and Citizen Services. He works to guide public sector consumers as they adopt cloud computing, data analytics and other digital government platforms. Click to read Shawn Kingsberry’s full bio.


Peter O’Donoghue, Vice President of Application Services, Unisys Federal

Peter O’Donoghue serves as Vice President of Application Services, at Unisys Federal. Peter leads new business solutioning for application development and analytics. He collaborates with his peers to build out applications and analytics capabilities, such as digital transformation, cloud migration, mobility and big data platforms. Click to read Peter O’Donoghue’s full bio.


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