House passes bill to elevate federal CIO

Federal Times: Legislation that would reauthorize and elevate the federal government’s top IT official passed its first major hurdle with a unanimous house vote Nov. 30.

The Federal CIO Authorization Act, introduced by Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Robin Kelly, D-Ill., would make the federal chief information officer (a position currently held by Suzette Kent) a presidentially appointed position in charge of the White House Office of E-Government, which would be renamed as the Office of the Federal Chief information Officer.

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