How does the role of a public sector CIO differ from private sector CIO’s?

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Richard Siemer (Former CIO, NYC Human Resources Administration)

Richard Siemer talks about issues that are specific to being a Chief Information Officer in a public sector job where there is a lot of oversight and administrations are elected for a limited amount of time. He discusses the importance of being able to demonstrate long term values for strategic business decisions while dealing with the political nature of the job.


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Richard Siemer

Former CIO, NYC Human Resources Administration

As former deputy commissioner and CIO for the city’s Human Resources Administration (HRA), Siemer has often been recognized for leading the way in making the HRA more efficient while also lowering costs. The HRA provides public health insurance, food stamps, child care, home care for seniors, and many other services for more than 3 million New Yorkers. Siemer, was a 27-year employee of the HRA, has worked hard to streamline the administration’s activities. He was also appointed regional representative of the American Public Human Services Association’s IT affiliate.

Interviewed By

Phil Weinzimer

Phil Weinzimer

Author & President, Strategere Consulting

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