Federal CIO in Bush's plans
- By William Matthews
- Dec 19, 2000
President-elect George W. Bush still intends to appoint a federal chief
information officer, but apparently has no plans to name a cabinet-level
technology secretary, a spokesman for the presidential transition team said.
News reports on Tuesday said Bush was considering creating the White House
position of technology secretary — a post several steps higher in the administration
than the CIO post within the Office of Management and Budget that Bush proposed
According to Bush's transition team, the president-elect has not changed
his mind about appointing a CIO within OMB.
In September, Bush told Federal Computer Week he would appoint a federal
CIO responsible for leading federal agencies in the creation of a "truly
digital and citizen-centric government." Bush said his CIO would oversee
a $100 million fund for supporting interagency e-government initiatives.
The CIO also would be expected to develop standards, protocols and privacy
protections for e-government at the federal level; head cross-agency efforts
to employ information technology; and collaborate with states on e-government
development, Bush said.
Some proponents of a federal CIO complain that the appointee will be stifled
if placed in OMB. They call instead for an "IT czar" who has direct access
to the president and substantial clout over IT operations throughout the