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White House Gives CIOs New Roles, Without Authority To Cut IT Waste

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August 23, 2011
FedCyber Wire, Spending
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via The Huffington Post

A recent White House memo giving chief information officers at federal agencies greater responsibilities to reduce wasteful technology spending presents the latest example of the how too often in government, responsibility and authority don’t always go hand in hand.

The memo, issued by Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew on Aug. 8, notified U.S. department and agency chiefs that the CIOs working for them have been tasked with greater roles and responsibilities by OMB, as well as greater accountability, in controlling technology spending.

But by not also holding agency heads accountable, OMB has given CIOs a mandate that will be hard to fully carry out, current and former government officials insist.

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