So if you’re a government leader hoping to recruit a senior technology leader who will bring your city/state/agency into the 21st century, what position SHOULD you be hiring? Obviously, that is going to depend on your circumstances. In the end, it may not matter all that much what you call the top technology job in government if you’re clear on what you want that person to do and what authority he/she is going to need to get it done. In most cases, you should consider recruiting two top people who have some combination of responsibility across the four domains we started with. If they are like-minded and clear on who’s got the ball on which reforms, it may not matter who reports to whom. If you can’t be sure of that, reporting structure may matter a lot. In some cases, you will find a great Chief Digital Services Officer who is happy to report to a CIO because that person will give them air cover they could not otherwise get. In some cases, you can get a find a Director of IT, likely focused on back office and infrastructure, who is happy to report to a Chief Digital Officer because IT will get more visibility as it’s more clearly connected to public wins. The one deadly combination is one leader protective of the status quo, and another hell-bent on modernization.