Federal CIO Council makes breakthrough reorganization

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The Federal Chief Information Officer Council announced Aug. 9 a reorganization effort that will shift its work to operate in three core committees--innovation; portfolio management; and information security and identity management.

The reorganization, which a blog post on the Federal CIO site says has been in the works for six months, reduces the number of working committees from a previous total of six, according to a council presentation (.pdf). The reformed structure will give the executive committee greater visibility into council deliverables and activities, the presentation adds.

Committee substructure will vary, the presentation also says. For example, the information security and identity management committee will have four established subcommittees, whereas the portfolio management committee will be composed of "small, agile working groups." The substructure of the innovation committee is yet to be determined.

Some tasks previously undertaken by committees will now be done by council staff and contractors, the presentation also says.

The executive committee is chaired by Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel; it has lacked a vice chair since Homeland Security Department CIO Richard Spires left government in May under publicly unclear circumstances many say centered around a conflict on the extent of CIO authorities in DHS.

For more:
- read the CIO Council blog post
- download the CIO Council presentation on its reorganization
- learn the real history behind a famous quote on the utility of reorganizations often misattributed to a Roman author

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