Fattened spending plan would boost CIO's role
- By Wilson P. Dizard III
- Jun 18, 2004
'The visibility in having a CIO line item is good and also holds the CIO accountable,' CIO Steve Cooper said.
Henrik G. de Gyor
The House Appropriations Committee has cleared a $32 billion Homeland Security Department spending bill that conveys new line item budget authority and a stronger role for the department's CIO.
The bill would provide $2.8 billion more than the fiscal 2004 level for DHS' overall spending and $896 million more than the president's request.
Further IT spending will come in the form of $4.1 billion worth of grants to be parceled out to state and local first responders. And more was seeded throughout a $1.1 billion spending proposal for the department's Science and Technology Directorate.
The Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee also approved a DHS spending bill last week, for 33.1 billion.
The House spending plan would mandate that the IT chief report directly to the Homeland Security secretary.
The committee action mirrored authorization legislation developing in the House Select Committee on Homeland Security, which also would make the CIO a direct report to the secretary.
The bill stands an excellent chance of passage, congressional aides said, but the companion authorizing legislation faces potential roadblocks in reconciling the differences between House and Senate versions.
The 2002 Homeland Security Act requires the CIO to report to both the Homeland Security secretary and the undersecretary for management. 'Without an additional layer of review, the committee expects IT decisions to be made more expeditiously,' the spending panel said in its report on the bill.
'The visibility in having a CIO line item is good and also holds the CIO accountable,' CIO Steve Cooper said. 'Both are positive from my perspective.'