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FCW : October 15, 2012
18 October 15, 2012 FCW.COM Last year, on the 15th anniversary of the Clinger- Cohen Act becoming law, the Government Accountability Of ce released a rather gloomy status report on the agency CIO role. GAO found that most CIOs were responsible for just ve areas of IT and information management out of 13, and they often lacked the authority to make key decisions about recruiting and IT investments. Perhaps most discouraging, the report found that the average CIO spent just two years on the job before packing up and moving on. The mes- sage was clear: The CIO role was fraught with challenges, and it was a thankless job. But in recent interviews with several cur- rent and former agency CIOs and U.S. CIO Ste- ven VanRoekel, a more optimistic assessment emerged. The of cials say today s cadre of CIOs are more resilient and empowered, and many are sticking around to make meaningful changes and exercise real authority. For years, the wry joke was that CIO stood for Career Is Over. Obstacles remain, but signs now point to CIOs morphing into steadfast drivers of agency missions who view IT as a strategic asset. THE STATE BY CAMILLE TUUTTI Current and former federal IT executives weigh in on the progress CIOs have made and what they can do to ensure future success CIO CIO OF THE ✪ ✪ DAVID WIEGOLD
October 30, 2012