January 27

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In March 2020, as thousands of public sector workers shifted to remote work almost overnight, few would have guessed they would remain there for months. What followed was a real-world litmus test for whether government employees could effectively serve the public from home.

They passed with flying colors.

Now, public sector work has forever been altered, with many government leaders predicting a hybrid workforce in which some employees shift between the office and home, and some remain remote full time. After generations of in-office work, this massive long-term shift prompts critical questions that government leaders must be prepared to answer, including:

  • Who will pay for workspace, equipment and connectivity?
  • Are employees responsible for maintaining privacy of data? Does everyone need a VPN? What other security solutions need to be in place?
  • What mobile devices are needed?
  • How do we ensure employee morale remains high?
  • How do we effectively manage fully remote employees?

Tune in to Government Technology’s first Future of Work conversation on January 27 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET to find out answers to these questions and more.



Teri Takai

Teri Takai — Moderator

Co-executive Director, Center for Digital Government

Teri Takai is the Co-executive Director of the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government. She worked for Ford Motor Company for 30 years in global application development and information technology strategic planning. From Ford, she moved to EDS in support of General Motors.

A long-time interest in public service led her to the government sector, first as CIO of the State of Michigan, then as CIO of the State of California, and subsequently the CIO of the U.S. Department of Defense, the first woman appointed to this role. She then served as the CIO for Meridian Health Plan. She is a member of several industry advisory boards.

Teri has won numerous awards including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year, CIO Magazine’s CIO Hall of Fame, Government Technology Magazine’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers, the Women in Defense Excellence in Leadership Award, and the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Calvin Rhodes

Calvin Rhodes

CIO for the state of Georgia and Executive Director of the Georgia Technology Authority

Mr. Rhodes came to state government in January 2011 from Paladin Investments, a private investment company he established and has served as managing partner since 2009. Prior to starting his own firm, he worked for Fulton Paper Company for 27 years, serving most recently as executive vice president.

Mr. Rhodes joined GTA to lead the state’s public/private partnership IT transformation and consolidation effort. The initiative has strengthened security, modernized infrastructure and networks, improved reliability and increased transparency in the state’s IT enterprise.

Mr. Rhodes is an active member, past officer and executive committee member of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers. Computerworld magazine named Mr. Rhodes a 2016 Premier 100 Technology Leader in recognition of his technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges. Mr. Rhodes was selected by Government Technology as one of the nation’s Top 25 Doers, Dreamers and Drivers for 2016 for his accomplishments using technology to improve government operations and help the public sector serve citizens more effectively.

Tanya Hannah

Tanya Hannah

CIO, King County, WA

Tanya Hannah believes in using technology in new, surprising and smart ways to make life better for people, something that’s served the county well during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her recent work has included leading teams to stand up several field hospitals for COVID patients as well as a Public Health chatbot to aid the public with timely information.

As the technology leader for the 12th largest county in the nation, Ms. Hannah is passionate about ensuring the more than two million county residents have equal access to the technology needed for civic and cultural participation, education, employment and other critical services. The department serves over 60 lines of businesses in areas from transportation and environment to human services. She previously served as a senior executive at Amazon and Computer Service Corporation. Under her leadership, King County has been recognized multiple times by the National Association of Counties as a top IT County in the Nation. Other recent honors include consecutive CIO 100 awards, national Government Experience awards and a Future Edge50 award.

Last year, Ms. Hannah was named Golden Government: National (IT) County Executive of the Year by the StateScoop LocalSmart News Group. She’s a native of Philadelphia, and received her BA in government from the University of Maryland.