The chief information

officer position was created in the Clinger Cohen Act of 1996. CIOs' responsibilities include:

Providing advice and assistance to the agency leader to ensure that information technology is acquired and managed to support the agency's mission.

Developing, maintaining and facilitating the implementation of an integrated IT architecture.

Promoting the efficient design and operation of all major information resources management processes within the agency.

Monitoring IT projects using

performance metrics.

A chief financial officer, as outlined in the Chief Financial Officers Act of 1990, is responsible for:

Developing and maintaining

integrated accounting and financial management systems.

Providing policy guidance and oversight for all agency financial management employees and activities.

Approving and managing financial management systems.

Developing budgets for financial management operations and improvements.

Monitoring the financial execution of the agency's budget.

FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.


  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

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