EPA's almost set to reorganize IT shop

The Environmental Protection Agency will centralize its information
technology decision-making under a national program manager who will oversee three IT
offices.


But a key question is still unanswered: Will this program manager be an appointee or a
career civil servant? The agency’s top managers have not yet decided, chief
information officer Alvin Pesachowitz said.


EPA Administrator Carol Browner has approved a framework for the new IT office. The
next step is to figure out who goes where, Pesachowitz, a careerist, said. The manager
will not necessarily be the CIO, he said.


The organization will be made up of three separate offices supervised by a manager and
a deputy:


The national program manager will have three other support offices in his or her
purview: Information Policy, External Liaison and Information Quality. Those offices will
help the manager ensure EPA’s leadership in these three areas, agency officials said.


The agency will likely complete the reorganization by late spring, Pesachowitz said.
But the present IT organization must keep working in the interim, he said.  

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