Executive offers his perspective on federal CIOs

Executive offers his perspective on federal CIOs

Authority and responsibility must work in tandem for chief information officers to fulfill their missions, an industry information technology executive says.

'The CIO is the provider of solutions,' Gerald J. Knutson, vice president of communications and information services at US West Inc. of Englewood, Colo., told House lawmakers last month.

'The CIO needs the authority to prevent business entities from violating the architecture and bypassing the CIO's organization for alternative solutions,' Knutson told the House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology.

The CIO must also be responsible for the operations of all technology programs and projects, he said. 'The CIO must establish a mutual trust-confidence relationship with the business functions and executives the information management organization supports,' Knutson said.

The CIO needs to establish a disciplined, documented and trained set of development methods and procedures, he said.

The Government Accounting Office consulted US West for its new CIO executive guide, Maximizing the Success of Chief Information Officers: Learning from Leading Organizations.

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