The Federal CIO Council Gets Reorganized
Originally published September 17, 2013
The Federal CIO Council (CIOC) has been around since the mid-1990s. It was created by Executive Order (EO) 13011 of July 16, 1996, which addressed a series of items dealing with federal information technology.
“The CIO Council shall be comprised of:Over the years, however, the Council’s structure as well as its mission started to become unwieldy and cluttered with too many committees, subcommittees and non-performing components. At latest count there were six major committees and 29 subcommittees, plus a taskforce on data center consolidation. As a result the time was ripe for change.
On August 9, 2013, the White House announced a reorganization of the CIO Council intended to make it a more agile body and to better deal with the priorities established by the second Obama Administration. In its new structure, the Council will now have only three committees – Innovation, Portfolio Management, and Information Security and Identity Management – and incorporate input from communities of practice within federal IT. The three such communities currently identified are accessibility, privacy, and IT workforce.
The committees are intended to satisfy three mandates for federal IT: Deliver, Innovate and Protect. The Portfolio and Management Committee will deliver; the Information Security and Identity Management Committee will protect; and the Innovation Committee, naturally, will innovate.
In terms of it governance, there is now an Executive Committee that will review all council projects and align them with Administration priorities. It will be chaired by the Federal CIO, Steve VanRoekel, and include representatives from the Committees, the Communities of Practice, as well as a handful of other officials.
Furthermore, a number of former Council activities (i.e., communications and outreach, best practices and knowledge management and administrative support and coordination) will now be left for Council staff (and hired contractors) to carry out.
While the reorganization was expected, it still was met with mixed reaction by industry. As far as business intelligence is concerned, there is not very much on which to go. The expectation is that there has to be ample opportunity for business intelligence (BI) and analytics, but there is nothing specific anywhere in the announcements.
The CIO Council is an important player in federal IT. Let’s see where the reorganization takes us.
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