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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

 

Twitter: @dcommunities

Recent Articles

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".

Lee Harvey Oswald and 9/11
November 21, 2013 - Lee Harvey Oswald's murder of John F. Kennedy stole my parents' youth. 9/11 stole the youth of many subsequent generations. Does the accelerating pace of technology change herald a better future for the next generation?

My Love-Hate Thing with Ballmer's Microsoft
October 16, 2013 - Microsoft does technology extraordinarily well and can be quite innovative. But it also commits sins of omission and urination. Hence I have a love-hate affair with the biggest kid on the block in my Seattle neighborhood

Is FirstNet Open and Transparent?
September 25, 2013 - The First Responder Network authority is charged by Congress to build a nationwide public safety wireless network. A member of its board has raised concerns about the openness and transparency of this Federal Government agency in doing its work. Is FirstNet open and transparent? Here's Bill Schrier's opinion, with some suggestions to improve.

Lessons from NG-311 for NG-911
August 22, 2013 - Next Generation 911 is a plan to bring texting, images, photos and much more to 911 centers, which, today, operate stand-alone and really only accept voice telephone calls. However many cities have implemented 311 centers complete with web apps, smartphone apps, text to 311 and even social media links from Facebook and Twitter. What lessons can NG-911 learn from NG-311?

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