President Trump participates in a Veterans Executive Order Signing on Jan. 9, 2018, in the Oval Office. (Official White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

Executive Order Aims to Breathe Life Into Stagnant CIO Authorities

Twenty-two years after the Clinger-Cohen Act, almost 16 years after the E-Government Act, and two-plus years after the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, the Trump administration believes it can solve the chief information officer authority challenge.

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday in an effort to build institutional capabilities to drive IT modernization and bring the government into the modern era when it comes to managing technology and people.

“Any large-scale enterprise transformation, you need to do it in stages and as you do each stage, you build change capacity for the next stage,” said a senior administration official during a briefing with reporters. “In order to create that long-term change capacity, you need to build the foundation and you need to do it in a very systematic and progressive fashion. There are about seven or eight change capability strategies that we follow and this is one. This is a foundational step in a multi-year journey. We are creating not only progress by doing this, but pre-condition for even more significant progress.”

Officials said the Defense Department will be exempted from the requirements.

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