Flyzik to leave CIO Council officer post

Flyzik to leave CIO Council officer post


Using a 'Survivor'-themed backdrop to discuss matters before the Chief Information Officers Council during the FOSE 2001 trade show in Washington last month, James Flyzik said he will be casting off from the proverbial island.

CIO Council vice chairman James Flyzik gives a recognition award to DOD's Joyce France during a council event at FOSE.
The Treasury Department CIO has been the council's vice chairman for the past two years but has agreed to stay in the post beyond the two-year term and through the Bush administration's transition.

Flyzik said he will step down as soon as the president selects a new deputy director for management for the Office of Management and Budget. President Bush has indicated that the new OMB deputy director also will serve as a governmentwide CIO.

'I can't let this go on,' Flyzik said, stopping a vote that pitted him against Housing and Urban Development Department CIO Gloria Parker and acting Agriculture Department CIO Ira Hobbs for ouster from CIO Island. 'It's time for me to depart.'

Council members declined to speculate on who might take his place as vice chairman.

A coiffure disadvantage

The CIO Council used the island backdrop to discuss activities of its various committees while casting votes on candidates for ouster. G. Martin Wagner, the General Services Administration's associate administrator for governmentwide policy, joked that Flyzik received a couple of votes supporting his departure because his 'good hair' put him at the top of the cast-off list.

The next vice chairman would do well to continue to empower federal CIOs and 'to get out of their way,' Flyzik said.

'We need to realize that the Clinger-Cohen Act gave us more freedoms,' he said, referring to the Information Technology Management Reform Act. 'With all the improvements we have made, we haven't made a dent in what this group can do.'

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