Katzen holds her ground against creating a governmentwide CIO

Katzen holds her ground against creating a governmentwide CIO

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

APRIL 19—While government officials mull the potential benefits of having a governmentwide chief information officer, Sally Katzen, counselor to the director of the Office of Management and Budget, has again stated her opposition to creating the job.

During a presentation by the Chief Information Officers Council at FOSE 2000, the Washington information technology conference, Katzen said the duties of a governmentwide CIO are under the purview of the Office of Management and Budget's deputy director for management.

Some CIOs stated that having an IT czar is one of the lessons learned from the efforts to correct year 2000 date code problems. John A. Koskinen, chairman of the President's Commission on the Year 2000 Conversion, is widely credited with successfully carrying out the government's year 2000 work [see story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no5/community/1433-1.html].

But that was a single issue with a fixed deadline, Katzen said. Agencies now are dealing with a range of issues, including system management and electronic government applications, she argued. "A centralized figure will be less of an asset" now, she said.

Furthermore, the CIOs within agencies and the CIO Council are working effectively and the Clinton administration has given OMB strong support, she said.

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