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FCW : October 15, 2012
12 October 15, 2012 FCW.COM Trending PEOPLE Issa pushes CIO empowerment Agency CIOs apparently have a friend in Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). The House Oversight and Govern- ment Reform Committee chairman has released draft legislation that would strengthen CIOs authority, put the CIO Council in charge of developing shared services and platforms (many of which are currently hosted by the General Ser- vices Administration and other agen- cies), and advocate for strategic sourc- ing and the development of cadres of IT acquisition professionals. Issa s Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act would give CIOs budget author- ity for their agencies IT spending and approval authority for hires involving IT responsibilities. It would also consoli- date authority with one CIO per agen- cy; bureau- or of ce-level CIOs would become deputy CIOs. In addition to standardizing a stronger CIO role, the bill would push broader acquisition reform by establishing a Fed- eral Commodity IT Acquisition Center for strategic sourcing and training a corps of IT acquisition specialists. Both of the Obama administration s Of ce of Federal Procurement Policy administra- tors have made strategic sourcing and strengthening the acquisition workforce their main priorities, but White House of cials declined to comment on the draft legislation. An Issa staffer said the congress- man is in the early stages of seeking stakeholder input and would not reveal whether the bill was intended for the lame duck session or would wait until Speci cally designated as critical were telecommunications, electri- cal power systems, gas and oil stor- age and transportation, banking and nance, transportation, water supply systems, emergency services, and operations essential to the continuity of government. Arguably, the Internet itself now quali es, although it did not merit speci c mention in 1996. Meanwhile, the intrusions contin- ue to mount. Lieberman has suggest- ed that Iran was behind September attacks on banking websites, while Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently spent three days in China, where he stressed the cyberattacks originating from that nation in "every session" with civilian and military lead- ers. And some security experts warn that critical infrastructures are far too vulnerable to allow more wasted time. "China and other nations have placed cyber bombs on such things as our electric power grid control systems," former presidential adviser on cybersecurity Richard Clarke wrote recently in the Huf ngton Post. Echo- ing points he made in a widely dis- cussed 2011 Wall Street Journal op-ed, Clarke stressed that such intrusions could have no purpose other than to threaten the power that fuels America s economy. Former CIA and National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, speaking at a recent SAP National Security Services event, said, "The pri- vate sector is being targeted by other nation-states, while our nation-state is basically sitting on the sidelines. This is because we haven t decided what we want the government to do and what we will allow it to do." And there are signs that agencies are moving forward in other ways. On Sept. 20, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced the creation of a new of ce to focus on potential cyber and physical security risks to energy facilities under its jurisdiction. Accord- ing to FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, "creating this of ce allows FERC to leverage its existing resources with those of other government agencies and private industry in a coordinated, focused manner." Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey spoke at the dedication of the Daniel R. Bannister Auditorium at the Center for Innovative Technology in September. Bannister was a former chairman of the CIT Board of Directors and a key figure in the growth of the technology industry in Northern Virginia. Continued from Page 3 of Senior Executive Service members are eligible to retire by 2016, according to U.S. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro. 58%
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