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Fed CIO Council Gets New Chair

Fed CIO Council Gets New Chair

According to the E-Government Act of 2002, the CIO technically the administrator of e-government and information technology serves as director of the CIO Council. But the top slot, chairman, goes to the deputy director of management of the White House Office of Management and Budget.

And, on Saturday, President Obama nominated management consultant Jeffrey Zients as OMB deputy director of management. If confirmed, Zients also will be the immediate supervisor of federal CIO Vivek Kundra, named by Obama in March as the federal government's top IT official. The E-Government Act states the e-government and IT administrator reports to the deputy director of management.

These highfalutin C-titles aren't symbolic: they demonstrate the president's commitment to improve federal government information management and IT security. 

If Zients follows the practice established in the Bush administration, he'll delegate the responsibility to chair the CIO Council to his subordinate Kundra.

Like Kundra, Zients got a more impressive title--chief performance officer--than the one described in federal law. These highfalutin C-titles aren't symbolic: they demonstrate the president's commitment to improve federal government information management and IT security. A C-title lends the air of presidential authority to the jobs Zients, Kundra and newly named chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra will perform.

OMB Communications Director Ken Baer says these C-titles emphasize the "high priority and deep interest" the president has in creating and managing highly effective and secure IT systems for the federal government.

Get the strong backing of the boss, and you got that much more muscle to do your job and achieve his goals.



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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Host & Producer, ISMG Security Report; Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity & InfoRiskToday

Chabrow hosts and produces the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversees ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.




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