Agencies have a year to follow through on a White House memo requiring their chief information officers to receive greater authority.
By August 2012, agencies will report through the President’s Management Council and the CIO Council on their progress in expanding the CIO’s role in four areas:
• Commodity IT purchases, such as data centers, desktops, email and business systems.
• Management of large IT projects and programs.
• Information security programs.
“As the IT Reform plan continues to be implemented we will see more results from this fundamental shift in IT policy, permanently removing the barriers that have prevented consistent execution across the Federal government for so long,” new federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wrote in an Aug.8 blog post.