House passes CIO bill

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A bill to codify and elevate top technology posts in government passed the House of Representatives without opposition on Jan. 15.

The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018, sponsored by Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Robin Kelly ( D- Ill.), makes the federal CIO post a direct report of the director of the Office of Management and Budget. The bill also codifies the federal chief information security officer post and makes it a direct report to the federal CIO.

Kelly and Hurd first introduced the bill back in September. It passed the House then as well, but never got a vote in the Senate. The bill was reintroduced early in the new session of Congress.

The measure also renames the Office of E-Government to the Office of the Federal CIO and codifies reporting on IT projects to the Federal IT Dashboard.

"I'm glad that the House has moved quickly to again pass this important bill," Kelly said in a statement. "Using business and states as a model, we've seen how a strong CIO office can help streaming IT processes and accelerate modernization. I'm glad to see that IT modernization remains a bipartisan priority in this Congress."

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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