CIO Council issues guide for capital planning

CIO Council issues guide for capital planning

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

OCT. 3—The Federal CIO Council has issued a guide to help chief information officers tackle problems that crop up during capital planning for their systems.

The council's Capital Planning and Information Technology Management Subcommittee issued the plan Monday during the Executive Leadership Conference 2000 at Richmond, Va. The guide includes a resource index and examples of how other organizations solved specific problems.

The biggest task IT leaders in government must accomplish is to effectively implement capital planning for federal organizations and programs, a preface to the document states.

'For those who may not yet have recognized the permanence of capital planning and enterprise architecture, that is the most important message to take away,' the preface says.

Agriculture Department CIO Joe Leo, who co-chairs the subcommittee with Interior Department CIO Daryl White, said that anyone seeking to solve a particular IT problem can use the guide as a resource.

'They can look in here and see what others have done in similar situations,' Leo said.

White said the guide could help some CIOs avoid the General Accounting Office's poison pen. 'This is one of the ways to overcome GAO shortcomings,' he said.

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