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Read a draft of the much discussed OMB CIO memo

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We’ve been telling you about the memo — due out any time now — that will outline the role of the CIO. You first read about the memo on the DorobekInsider a few weeks ago… and then we got OMB’s Karen Evans to give us some details… and you can hear Evans talk about it yourself

The official memo isn’t out yet, but… we’ve obtained a draft of that memo.

After meeting with the departments and agencies regarding their Information Technology (IT) portfolio, I want to reaffirm and clarify the organizational, functional and operational governance framework required within the Executive Branch for managing and optimizing the effective use of IT. The IT governance framework addresses management structure, responsibilities and authorities of Heads of Departments and Agencies and their Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in planning, acquiring, securing, and operating and managing IT systems and assets within the agency. Please note the IT governance framework is not inclusive of all duties and responsibilities of CIOs.

Read more… and find a link to the full draft after the break…


More from OMB’s Clay Johnson’s CIO memo

In order to assure effective management for IT and minimize any disruption during the upcoming transition or any transition of leadership, please review the attached IT governance framework and summarize your agency’s current alignment with each element of the framework via signed memorandum by December 1, 2008. This summary may also include information on activities currently underway or other related management plans. OMB’s Office of E-Government and Information Technology is here to assist you and your CIO in the implementation of this framework.

In particular, this framework includes the requirement for Heads of Departments and Agencies to consult with the Director of the Office of Management Budget (OMB) prior to appointing a CIO, and to advise the Director on matters regarding the authority, responsibilities and organizational resources of the CIO, per OMB Circular A-130 (published November 28, 2000), Section 9, Assignment of Responsibilities. Consultation with OMB on CIO appointments should be factored into your agency’s selection process, and OMB will ensure its input into such selections is expeditious.

Read the full memo here — the full draft memo, that is.

Written by cdorobek

October 20, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Posted in CIOs, Executives, OMB

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  2. […] leave a comment » OMB Deputy Director of Management Clay Johnson Wednesday signed off on the much discussed memo defining the role of the CIO. [The DorobekInsider got a draft copy of it earlier this week.] […]

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  4. […] Read a draft of the much discussed OMB CIO memo [This is the draft memo. You can read the official memo here. We also had OMB’s Karen Evans on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris on Friday. You can hear that interview here MP3 ] […]


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