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FCW : August 30, 2013
Editor'sNote Ever since the Clinger-Cohen Act, the discussion has been about giving CIOs a seat at the leadership table. U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel has been adamant that his agency colleagues should bring real business acumen to the mission, while House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants to legislate CIOs budget authority. And the CIO Council has worked for years to help its members more effectively shape strategy. Yet there s little consensus on how CIOs should play that role. And there are clearly those who think more empowerment is not the answer. Take Issa s Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA has passed the House, and there are signals the Senate is open to the legislation. But the Of ce of Management and Budget s reaction has been lukewarm at best, with VanRoekel noting that current law is "very speci c" about placing IT ownership higher in the org chart. Then in early August, Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary for Management Rafael Borras spoke in some detail about putting CIOs in their place on a broader leadership team (see Page 10). "We don t need to turn the CIOs into budget experts," he said. "They really need to be focused on execution and delivery." Some of that reticence about FITARA should be chalked up to Issa s involvement --- and still more to the time- honored tug of war between the executive and legislative branches over agency operations. And who doesn t want agency leaders working together as a team? But Borras DHS is the same one that effectively showed CIO Richard Spires the door --- and did so without a peep from VanRoekel and OMB. So the CIO Council is still without a vice chairman, the Obama administration lost one of its strongest advocates for agency IT, and other CIOs are thinking twice before being too assertive. At FCW, the view has long been that CIOs should be both strong and collaborative. And as David Wennergren (a former CIO Council vice chairman himself) noted in a recent interview, it would be silly to expect every agency to operate the same way. But it would be equally foolish to assume that CIOs seats at the table are secure. --- TROY K. SCHNEIDER firstname.lastname@example.org, @troyschneider About that seat at the table... August 30, 2013 FCW.COM 5 EDITOR-IN-CHIEF EXECUTIVE EDITOR Troy K. Schneider John Bicknell PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Frank Konkel, Adam Mazmanian, Mark Rockwell CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Richard E. Cohen, Alan Joch, Konstantin Kakaes, John Moore, Colleen O'Hara, Katherine Reynolds Lewis CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNER Martin Peace EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL FELLOWS Reid Davenport Natalie Lauri PRESIDENT AND CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER 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 A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the nam- ing 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 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. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866, email FCWmag@1105service. com or call (866) 293-3194 for U.S. & Canada; (847) 763-9560 for International, fax (847) 763-9564. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866. Canada Publications Mail Agreement No: 40612608. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. or XPO Returns: P.O. Box 201, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R5, Canada.
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