David A. Bray, the chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, is modernizing the agency's information technology systems to better meet mission needs. He tweets as @fcc_cio and was named the most social CIO in the world for 2015 by Forbes magazine.
In an interview with Tom Fox, Bray talked about his transformation efforts and his views on leading people. Fox is a vice president at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service and head of the organization's Center for Government Leadership. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
Q. What issues should government information technology leaders be focused on?
A. We need leaders who do more than keep the trains running on time. CIOs and CEOs can work together to digitally transform how an enterprise operates. As the FCC's CIO, my primary role is that of a digital diplomat who partners with the 18 different offices of the commission to best use digital technologies to achieve their missions, whether it be dealing with satellites, wireless communications, enforcement or public safety issues.
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