A Defense Department board led by Chief Information Officer Teri Takai will serve as the “single senior governance forum” to address information technology, IT acquisition and cyber issues across DoD.
In a Feb. 12 memo, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter included a revised charter for the DoD CIO Executive Board, which he said would “re-focus and strengthen” the board to provide leadership and guidance on certain departmentwide issues.
The memo, effective immediately, follows recommendations by the independent Defense Business Board urging DoD senior leadership to give Takai more clout. The charter gives the board authority to “decide on matters brought before it, and subject to the DoD CIO’s final approval,” facilitate how DoD recruits IT professionals, coordinates departmentwide cybersecurity solutions and other matters.
Members include the under secretary for policy, under secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics, undersecretary for personnel readiness and the Defense comptroller.