New push for federal CIO
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- May 29, 2000
Pushing the creation of a chief information officer for the federal government,
Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas) plans to introduce legislation next month that
would create the executive-level position and codify the executive order
that created the interagency CIO Council.
Turner, the ranking Democrat on the House Government Reform Committee's
Government Management, Information and Technology Subcommittee, sees the
federal CIO as a special assistant to the president on matters relating
to the use of information technology. The CIO would be appointed by the
president and confirmed by Congress, according to sources familiar with
The federal CIO would:
* Advise the president and the Office of Management and Budget about federal
use of IT.
* Lead the CIO Council.
* Manage multiagency e-government initiatives.
* Manage consultations with other levels of government and foreign governments.
The bill would provide the federal CIO discretion of the General Services
Administration IT fund to support governmentwide IT initiatives.