House panel to consider governmentwide chief information officer

House panel to consider governmentwide chief information officer

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

SEPT. 11'A House subcommittee Tuesday will discuss creating a position to oversee information technology issues across the federal government.

The House Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Management, Information and Technology will hold a hearing on the issue at 10 a.m. Two resolutions have been proposed that, if passed, would call for hiring a federal chief information officer.

Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-Va.) introduced HR 5024, known as the Federal Information Policy Act, and Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas) introduced HR 4670, the Chief Information Officer of the United States Act.

Support for the position varies. Some chief information officers, such as John M. Gilligan of the Energy Department, who will leave to take a position with the Air Force next week, have said the position is necessary to avoid governmental stovepipes that hinder effective management of technology resources.

Even low-dollar issues are thwarted by the "pass the hat" mentality, he said.

But John Spotila, Office of Management and Budget administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has said no new position is needed.

OMB typically has a broad overview of what is needed across government and can funnel funds through the CIO Council, he said.

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