CIO Council to absorb GITS Board

CIO Council to absorb GITS Board

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

FEB. 17—The Government Information Technology Services Board, a major player in efforts to reinvent government, will be dissolved and recast as the foundation of a new electronic government committee of the Chief Information Officers Council, officials confirmed.

The GITS Board projects will come under the auspices of a yet-to-be-created CIO Council Electronic Government Committee, said Greg Woods, chief operating officer of the Education Department's Office of Student Financial Assistance Programs and the GITS Board's chairman.

The merger represents a maturation of both the CIO Council and the GITS Board, Woods said. The council has reached a point where it is natural to bring the two organizations together, he said.

Treasury Department CIO James Flyzik, vice chairman of both the CIO Council and the GITS Board, has sought to align the two groups.

One of the programs that will move to the CIO Council is the Federal Public-Key Infrastructure Steering Committee, which is seeking to broaden the use of PKI across government.

The GITS Board was formed in 1993 soon after the Clinton administration came to office and was formalized in July 1996 by executive order. Along with the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, the board has largely been assigned the administration's initiatives to make government work better and cost less.

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