Eric Olson

CIO, Treasury Department

CIO, Treasury Department

The chief information officer for the Department of the Treasury heads up a $4 billion information technology portfolio that largely consists of infrastructure for the nation’s economic and financial systems. Olson was promoted from deputy CIO, a role that saw him run the enterprise cybersecurity program and IT shared services portfolio. Leaders must prioritize the “right work” — the projects that bring “the most value to the organization,” he said. “I think it is about maintaining a balance between extremes,” Olson added. “Be results-driven, but don’t lead a death march. Be positive but not at the expense of being candid. Be fact-driven, but use facts in the appropriate context.”

Benjamin Freed

Written by Benjamin Freed

Benjamin Freed is the managing editor of StateScoop and EdScoop, covering cybersecurity issues affecting state and local governments across the country. He has written extensively about ransomware, election security, and the federal government's role in assisting states, localities and higher education institutions with information security.

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