Hurd & Kelly's Bipartisan IT Bill Passes House

November 30, 2018
Press Release
Bill empowers CIOs at federal agencies

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House unanimously passed the Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018, introduced by House IT Subcommittee Chair Will Hurd (TX-23) and Ranking Member Robin Kelly (IL-02) to strengthen national cybersecurity by elevating and reauthorizing the role of the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO), who oversees the security of our digital infrastructure across the federal government.

“Every single minute of every single day, hackers are trying to steal Americans’ information. From credit card numbers, to social security numbers, our personal information is targeted by bad actors around the globe. Americans should be able to trust their government to keep their information safe,” said Hurd, a computer science major, cybersecurity entrepreneur and leading voice for IT modernization in Congress. “This bill helps keep the vast information stored by the federal government secure from hackers by making clear that the Federal CIO is in charge of the security of our data across the government. I thank my colleagues for coming together in a bipartisan manner today to work toward finally catching our federal government up with the 21st century.”

“By codifying and reauthorizing the federal CIO and CISO roles, we will continue streamlining government IT processes. This effort is part of our larger push to finally bring government into the 21st century,” said Ranking Member Robin Kelly (D-IL02). “I’m proud to once again to join Chairman Hurd in advancing a bipartisan, commonsense bill that improves government effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness. Our subcommittee has always been focused on real, bipartisan solutions that work. As Democrats assume control of the House, this commitment to a bipartisan federal tech policy must and will continue.”

This bipartisan initiative creates a clearer IT reporting structure within the Administration by:

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