Nextgov: Trump Strengthens Agency CIO Authority with Executive Order

“In December 2014, Congress gave government chief information officers new powers and authority to manage the IT enterprise at their departments and component agencies under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA…”

“President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday afternoon giving presidential weight to mandates of FITARA, specifically the parts that give department CIOs authority over hiring, budgets and setting the IT agenda for the entire department enterprise.”

“The administration has a three-pronged plan to modernize federal IT: institutional change, placing people in key positions and achieving early wins to gain momentum, said a senior White House official, speaking on background ahead of the signing. Tuesday’s executive order focuses on the first of those…”

“The order calls out all of these issues while adding another layer: requiring a place for CIOs as voting members on agencies’ current bureau-level IT governance boards.”

“The true answer to modernizing government technology is to build the capacity to conduct change on an ongoing basis…” Read the full article here.

Source: Trump Strengthens Agency CIO Authority with Executive Order – By Aaron Boyd, May 15, 2018, Nextgov.

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