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Fed 100 nomination: Navy CIO Robert Carey

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I mentioned earlier that I have been posting my nominations for Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 awards.

I noted earlier that I was going to make — and post — a number of nominations for Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 awards. Earlier, I posted about EPA’s Jeremy Ames. Now — Robert Carey, the Navy Department’s chief information officer.

Describe this person’s job
Carey is the chief information officer for the Department of the Navy

Describe the work for which this person is being nominated
Carey has won several Fed 100 awards, including being selected last year. But Carey has once again been a leader in the past 12 months, particularly in the areas of Web 2.0. In January 2008, Carey was the firstCIO to host a public blog, which he has used to reach out to the Navy Department community generally — but also the community generally on subjects ranging from information security to trust to privacy. But beyond that, Carey was also the firstCIO to issue a policy enabling the Navy to use Web 2.0.

What impact did this work have on the person’s organization or the larger federal IT community?
The Navy Web 2.0 policy has been widely seen as a potential model for other agencies particularly because it focuses on enabling Web 2.0 rather then limiting it. And Carey’s blog has inspired otherCIOs — and there are several CIO bloggers now.

In what way did the nominee go above and beyond their job description?
Both the blog and the Web 2.0 policy are firsts among the CIO community.

If needed, provide any additional background information to support this nomination
Navy CIO blog:
The Navy Web 2.0 blog can be found here:
There is also a link here:

Written by cdorobek

January 5, 2009 at 11:15 PM

Posted in awards, CIOs, Web 2.0

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  1. […] Why does this matter? I actually think that blogs — and mostly likely Twitter as well — are transitive technologies. I would doubt that in 10 years, we’re talking about blogs. But they will lead and evolve into something else. But for now, they are tools that can improve communication, improve transparency, and improve real accountability — not the accountability-in-name-only that gets tossed around Washington. And, in government, this isn’t as easy as one would think. Former EPA Deputy Administrator Marcus Peacock was actually the first government official to post to a public blog. When I spoke to him on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris recently — and EPA insiders have confirmed — that there was a lot of push-back. There were questions about why one would do this… about the questions that might come from it… what if — shock — people sent comments. And you can hear similar stories from TSA officials regarding its Evolution of Security blog. But I think if you talk to any of the government bloggers — and I have — they have learned a whole bunch. Earlier this month at the AFCEA Bethesda breakfast about government 2.0, Carey said his blog allows him to open a conversation. While he said he doesn’t get nearly as many comments as he hoped — they have a clunky comment process because of government rules — he said that the blog lets him share thoughts and ideas. (I think Carey’s first step was important enough that I nominated him for a Fed 100 award.) […]

  2. […] that at least two of the people I nominated for Fed 100 awards have been selected: Navy CIO Robert Carey, and Frank DiGiamarino, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Academy of Public […]

  3. […] Federal 100 Awards were notified this week and at least two CJD nominees were winners: Navy CIO Robert Carey, and Frank DiGiamarino, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Academy of Public […]

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