Publication aids CIO recruitment

A working group of the interagency Chief Information Officer Council, chaired by Commerce Department CIO Alan Balutis, has developed a model plan for helping agencies recruit candidates for the position of CIO.

The document, "Establishing and Recruiting a Federal Agency Chief Information Officer," acts as a how-to guide for agencies struggling to meet the requirements of the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996. It includes a sample want ad, a model position description, a draft organization order and an inventory of a CIO's duties as prescribed by ITMRA.

Although only about half a dozen of the 15 department-level CIOs have been named to date, agencies are expected to have the positions filled by Aug. 8.

FGIPC board remains intact

An agreement between feuding board members of the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils has resulted in securing the positions of six targeted board members as well as the board's embattled president, Neil Stillman.

The accord was hammered out during a day-long meeting preceding the annual FGIPC Management of Change conference, held last week in Vail, Colo. In a three-paragraph statement, the board said it concluded that "continuity was essential" in leadership and board composition.

Sources in attendance at the FGIPC gathering said board members spent much of their meeting discussing improved communications, more frequent board meetings and the need for a review of FGIPC processes and procedures.

GAO criticizes DOD security policies

Signaling the start of a series of Senate hearings this summer, the General Accounting Office has released a report confirming the Defense Department's vulnerability to computer intrusions.

DOD estimates it may have been the target of as many as 250,000 computer attacks last year, according to the report. In the report, GAO concluded that DOD's policies on information security are outdated and incomplete. GAO recommended requiring information system security officers at all installations.

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee will hear testimony in the coming weeks on the vulnerabilities of the National Information Infrastructure.

DOD sets buying-reforms day

Procurement officials at the Defense Department will spend Friday learning about how recent acquisition policy reforms have changed their jobs. Defense undersecretary for acquisition and technology Paul Kaminski and Defense assistant secretary for command, control, communications and intelligence Emmett Paige Jr. ordered the acquisition community to "stand down" May 31 and devote the day to absorbing new policies and procedures.

The program aims to accelerate the application of reforms enacted over the past year and a half. Representatives from industry will be allowed to participate if space is available.


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