As with any conversation in Washington, D.C., regarding government recently, the partial shutdown ? then in its final days, it turned out ? topped the agenda for my recent discussion with Alan Shark. He is the executive director of the Public Technology Institute (PTI), a D.C.-based organization created almost a half century ago to help local governments, cities and counties understand and embrace technology in all its aspects. His reactions to the shutdown presented a new and perspicacious twist. Hear the conversation on Ask the CIO: SLED Edition with John Thomas Flynn.