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FCW : May 15, 2013
CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER EXECUTIVE EDITOR Anne Armstrong Troy K. Schneider PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Adam Mazmanian CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, Alan Joch, John Moore, Katherine Reynolds Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR Heather Kuldell EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald PRESIDENT Anne Armstrong CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Abraham M. Langer SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GROUP PUBLISHER Jennifer Weiss VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jeffrey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach sta members of 1105 Government Informa- tion Group. A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the naming convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311 Editor'sNote In Washington, access to power is often a subject of conversation, but it usually focuses on the White House or Capitol Hill. However, Richard Spires' extended leave from his position as CIO at the Department of Homeland Security has reopened the familiar debate about the CIO's role and position in the pecking order. Although the exact reason for Spires' absence has not been con rmed by him or DHS, it has provided the spark for the discussion. The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 tried to ensure the CIO a seat at the table, but it stopped short of prescribing a speci c reporting relationship. Mike Hettinger, a director at the Software and Information Industry Association and a former staffer on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes the CIO must report directly to the agency head (see his comment piece on Page 14). Others believe the magic key is control of the budget designated for IT. Only a few CIOs have wrested control of the dollars away from the chief nancial of cers. The Department of Veterans Affairs is the most notable success, although the exercise of going to the Hill with that request cost the CIO at the time his job. In its 2011 memo on CIO authority, the Of ce of Management and Budget supports the notion that the CIO must be responsible for managing the IT money wisely, especially for commodity IT items. However, at large agencies with strong component bureaus, that can be a tall order. The bureaus argue that IT is just an enabler. The focus should be on mission, and no one is better prepared to deliver on mission than the folks who live it every day. They don't want someone in the agency hierarchy deciding what computers to buy or when. DHS is not the only example of this battle. A glance at the Commerce Department shows that the bureaus control most of the IT budget. The same could be said of the Treasury and Transportation departments, where a large bureau dominates the balance sheet at each agency. The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act proposed by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) will provide another opportunity to discuss and x the effectiveness gap. We have to give CIOs the tools they need to do the job for which we are holding them accountable. Whether that means a reporting x, budget authority or both is up for debate. --- ANNE ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org What a CIO needs to succeed May 15, 2013 FCW.COM 7 FCW (ISSN 0893-052X) is published 21 times a year, two issues monthly except one issue in Jan, Feb and Dec by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $165.00. Annual digital subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $125.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: FCW, P.O. 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