CIO Council takes larger role with federal enterprise architecture

CIO Council takes larger role with federal enterprise architecture

The CIO Council has reorganized its architecture and infrastructure committee and decided to include agency chief technology officers in the council, in an effort to give the council and its committees more input into policy planning.

Norman Lorentz, Office of Management and Budget CTO, said earlier this week that the council split the architecture committee into three subcommittees: architecture, component architecture and emerging technologies.

  • The architecture subcommittee will provide ongoing maintenance of the federal enterprise architecture.

  • The component architecture subcommittee will update and maintain the library of hardware and software components used by agencies.

  • The emerging technologies subcommittee will evaluate and recommend new technologies, such as Web services.

  • Debra Stouffer, CTO for the Environmental Protection Agency and co-chairwoman of the CIO Council's architecture committee, said the council decided to include CTOs instead of the CTOs creating a separate council.

    Lorentz said a CTO's job is to help agencies make the transition to using the federal enterprise architecture as well as act as key strategists for all technology, including IT and telecommunications.

    In the past six months, agency CTOs have become more prevalent in government, with EPA and the Housing and Urban Development Department most recently creating the positions. HUD's Gloria Parker moved from CIO to CTO in the past month, and Stouffer was the deputy CIO at HUD before coming to EPA.

    Lorentz and Stouffer spoke earlier this week at the Enterprise Architecture: Your Blueprint for Transformation conference in Washington sponsored by GCN, Washington Technology and the Digital Government Institute.

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