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Bill Schrier

Contributing Writer

Bill Schrier is senior policy advisor in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) at the State of Washington.  In this capacity he chairs the State Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC), serves as the primary point of contact for the FirstNet effort in the state and advises the CIO on other matters.

In the past he served as the Deputy Director of the Center for Digital Government.   He also retired in May, 2012, after over 8 years serving as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the City of Seattle and director of the city's Department of Information Technology (DoIT).  In this capacity he managed over 200 employees and budgets up to $59 million to support city government technology, and reported directly to Mayor Michael McGinn. 

Schrier was named one of Government Technology’s 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers in 2008, and a Computerworld Premier 100 Leader for 2010.  He writes a blog about the intersection of information technology and government, how they sometimes collide but often influence and change each other.   He tweets at www.twitter.com/billschrier

Schrier is a retired officer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington.

E-mail:       bill@schrier.org
Phone:      206-255-2156

 

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Recent Articles

Another Seattle Internet Hoax? CenturyLink Vows Real Gigabit in Seattle
August 05, 2014 - The company announced August 5 that Seattle is one of 10 new cities where they'll be rolling out super fast fiber to the home. We've heard that before.

Every Citizen Needs a Data Dossier
June 02, 2014 - Governments, private companies and data brokers each collect a lot of data on individual citizens. A recent Federal Trade Commission report highlights over 200 data fields collected by data brokers alone. We each need a "data dossier" where we can see what data is being collected and how it is being used.

Mr. FirstNet Comes to the (other) Washington
May 22, 2014 - Will FirstNet succeed? Today's forecast is definitely "fair and warmer". But there are also storm clouds on the horizon.

Government Employees: Bureaucrats or Entrepreneurs?
May 05, 2014 - There is an entrepreneur in almost every government employee. But how do we unleash it?

Column: FirstNet Moves into First Gear
March 12, 2014 - With a number of announcements and a new website this week, the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority appears to be in first gear moving forward to accomplish its mission of creating a nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet Moves into First Gear
March 11, 2014 - With a number of announcements and a new website this week, the $7 billion First Responder Network Authority appears to be in first gear moving forward to accomplish its mission of creating a nationwide public safety broadband network.

4 Reasons Why Seattle Will Never See Google Fiber
March 04, 2014 - The "Seattle process" stands squarely in the way.

Column: Is FirstNet Stalled?
February 25, 2014 - The First Responder Network Authority is now two years into its ten-year life. But it appears to be going through a reboot. What's happening?

Is FirstNet Stalled?
February 22, 2014 - The First Responder Network Authority is now two years into its ten-year life. But it appears to be going through a reboot. What's happening?

Nobody Elected Me
January 12, 2014 - Is the boss always right? If a Mayor or Governor is elected by the people, they receive a report card every two or four years in the form of a new election. It is the duty of the CIO to make the best recommendations possible, but ultimately it is the decision of the senior official in the government about what to do. "Nobod Elected Me".

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