Hurd & Kelly Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Codify & Elevate the Federal CIO Position

September 26, 2018
Press Release
Directs CIO to consolidate IT across Federal Government

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, House IT Subcommittee Chair Will Hurd (TX-23) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (IL-02) furthered their efforts to modernize our federal government by introducing a bipartisan bill to reauthorize, rename, codify and elevate the role of the Federal CIO. The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 creates a clearer IT reporting structure within the Administration by:

  • Reauthorizing and renaming the Office of E-Government as the Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO);
  • Elevating the Federal CIO’s role as a Presidential appointee who directly reports to Office of Management and Budget Director;
  • Codifying the Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as a Presidential appointee reporting the Federal CIO; and,
  • Directing the Federal CIO to submit a proposal to Congress for consolidating and streamlining IT across federal agencies.

“No entity can operate securely and efficiently without a CIO in the year 2018, including the federal government,” said Hurd, a computer science major, cybersecurity entrepreneur and tireless advocate for IT modernization in Congress. “This bill does more than just rename an office. It makes a clear statement that the Federal CIO is in charge of coordinating IT policy across the government in order to ensure that our agencies are able to provide better, faster and more cost-efficient services for the American people.”

“Reauthorizing and codifying the roles of the Federal CIO and CISO will help streamline government IT processes and advance modernization efforts to bring government into the 21st century. I am proud to join Chairman Hurd in introducing this commonsense, bipartisan legislation to increase government effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness," said Rep. Kelly.