CIO Council maps strategy
- By Diane Frank
- Oct 03, 2000
The federal CIO Council released its strategic plan for fiscal 2001 on Monday
with a heavy focus on e-government and intergovernmental initiatives.
The plan lays out specific goals to take the council and the government
through the upcoming change in presidential administrations. It covers all
areas of government, highlighting how information technology can improve
The six "strategic goals" straddle each committee within the council,
including joint roles for security and privacy, further development of IT
workforce issues, improving cooperation with state and local governments
and the private sector, and pushing for more governmentwide programs and
initiatives in which agencies share resources to provide services.
"We think that information technology will be an essential component
to the new government," said Jim Flyzik, CIO at the Treasury Department
and vice chairman of the council, at the release of the plan at the Industry
Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference in Richmond, Va.
The next steps for the council will be to move into closer cooperation
with the other governmentwide organizations, the Chief Financial Officers
Council and the Procurement Executives Council. "We need to create the perception
that the CIOs, CFOs and Procurement Executive Council are working together,"
To do this, the CIO Council is working closely with the Office of Management
and Budget to develop "some kind of communique," he said.
The council is also working on a transition plan that it will present
to the incoming president and administration after the elections in November.
While the strategic plan focuses on goals for the council, the transition
plan will focus more on goals for government as a whole and barriers to
those goals that must be overcome, Flyzik said.