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Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Augment Federal CIO Role; Will Hurd Quoted

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Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., have introduced a bill aiming to reauthorize the role of the federal chief information officer, and establish a clearer structure for information technology reporting in the administration.

The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 would rename the Office of E-Government to the Office of the Federal CIO, Hurd’s office said Wednesday.

The bipartisan bill would also assign the federal CIO as a presidential appointee who would report to the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Additionally, the president would appoint a federal chief information security officer directly reporting to the federal CIO.

Lastly, the bill would task the federal CIO to submit a federal government-wide IT consolidation proposal to the Congress.

Hurd, who chairs the House IT Subcommittee, said that the bill demonstrates the federal CIO’s role in coordinating IT policy across the government.