Originally established by Executive Order 13011 (Federal Information Technology) and later codified by the E-Government Act of 2002, the Chief Information Officers Council (the CIO Council) is the principal interagency forum to improve agency practices for the management of information technology. The CIO Council is one element of an interagency support structure established to achieve information resource management (IRM) objectives delineated in legislation including the E-Government Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-347), Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), and the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996 (ITMRA). The CIO Council is a forum to improve agency practices related to the design, acquisition, development, modernization, use, sharing, and performance of federal government information resources. The CIO Council communicates its findings to the Office of Management and Budget and to other executive agencies.
The CIO Council performs functions that include the following:
- Develop recommendations for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on federal government information resources management policies and requirements
- Share experiences, ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches related to information resources management
- Assist the Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology (OMB) in the identification, development, and coordination of multi-agency projects and other innovative initiatives to improve federal government performance through the use of information technology
- Promote the development and use of common performance measures for agency information resources management under Chapter 36 and Title II of the E-Government Act of 2002
- Work as appropriate with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology (OMB) to develop recommendations on information technology standards developed under section 20 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act (15 U.S.C. 278g-3) and promulgated under Section 11331 of Title 40, and maximize the use of commercial standards as appropriate, including the following:
- Standards and guidelines for interconnectivity and interoperability as described under section 3504
- Consistent with the process under section 207(d) of the E-Government Act of 2002, standards and guidelines for categorizing federal government electronic information to enable efficient use of technologies, such as through the use of extensible markup language
- Standards and guidelines for federal government computer system efficiency and security
- Work with the Office of Personnel Management to assess and address the hiring, training, classification, and professional development needs of the related to information resources management
- Work with the Archivist of the United States to assess how the Federal Records Act can be addressed effectively by Federal IRM activities
- Seek the views of the Chief Financial Officers Council, Federal Acquisition Council, Chief Human Capital Officers' Council, Budget Officers Advisory Council, and other key groups of federal management and program officials, as well as industry, academia, and federal, tribal, and state and local governments, on matters of concern to the Council as appropriate
The CIO Council vision is to be a resource to help the federal government work better and cost less by promoting the efficient and effective use of agency information resources. The CIO Council supports business process reengineering, continuous process improvement, and measurable increases in employee productivity in the performance of work related to the achievement of agency objectives.
For more information on the CIO Council, please visit www.cio.gov
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