Lawmakers Make Second Bipartisan Push to Elevate Federal IT Official

A bipartisan duo of lawmakers on Friday reintroduced legislation that would elevate the post of the federal government’s chief information officer, as well as establish a new line for reporting about information technology across the administration.

Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas), the chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, of the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology, reintroduced the bill after it failed to pass Congress during the last legislative session.

Under the measure, the federal chief information officer (CIO), who oversees all IT for the federal government and currently reports to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) deputy director, would start reporting directly to the head of OMB.

Read more at The Hill

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