CIO Council will issue IT guides

CIO Council will issue IT guides

The CIO Council's Best Practices Committee will, over the next nine months, release tools to help agencies improve their capital planning, use of knowledge management and understanding of how to measure IT performance.

The capital planning white paper, due out in the autumn, will offer what the council calls first practices. It will be a first look at how agencies and the private sector plan IT investments, said Sue Rachlin, co-chairwoman of the Best Practices Committee and deputy CIO at the Interior Department.

Rachlin was one of four CIO committee leaders at FOSE 2002 who presented an overview of what the group has planned for the rest of this year.

'The CIO Council slimmed down,' said James Flyzik, the Treasury Department's CIO and council's vice chairman. 'We decided to disband the security committee be-cause everything we do has a security function in it.'

The council now has four committees: Best Practices, Workforce and Human Capital for IT, Federal Architecture and Infrastructure, and E-government.

Ira Hobbs, chairman of the work force committee and acting CIO of the Agriculture Department, said the government will make significant changes this year in how it recruits, trains and retains IT workers.

He said employees will be able to go online to assess their skills and take courses to improve them.

Lee Holcomb, chairman of the architecture committee and CIO of NASA, said his working group plans to team up with the Federal Public-Key Infrastructure Bridge Authority to develop guidance that will help agencies establish a PKI and cross-certification bridge.

The e-government committee will provide best practice tools for agencies, said Mayi Canales, co-chairwoman of the group and deputy CIO at Treasury.

She said most of the committee's work will focus on the Office of Management and Budget's 24 e-government initiatives. The committee will collaborate with the Quad Council, which comprises members of the CIO, Chief Financial Officers, Procurement Executives and Human Resources Managers councils.

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