GCN at 25: A CIO by any other name

[IMGCAP(1)]The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 is credited, among other things, with defining the role of the government chief information officer and, in many cases, giving that name to the job. There were a few CIOs in government before Clinger-Cohen, but most technology chiefs went by some other title. Director of information resources management was the most common, but a who's in-who's out list in a December 1988 issue of GCN revealed some others. Among them: director of the Office of ADP Management (Energy Department); associate commissioner, IRMS, telecommunications (General Services Administration); assistant postmaster general, technical resources (Postal Service); director of technical services (Senate); director of House information systems (House); director of systems engineering and evaluation (Patent and Trademark Office). Clinger-Cohen replaced many of these titles with CIO. Exceptions were in the military, where the services tended to just add CIO to an existing title.

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