The — Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 — would aim to modernize the federal government’s information technology (IT) infrastructure by reauthorizing, renaming, codifying, and elevating the role of the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO).
To achieve this goal, the bill would create a clearer IT reporting structure within the Administration by:
Reauthorizing and renaming the Office of E-Government as the “Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer”;
Elevating the Federal CIO’s role to that of a presidential appointee who directly reports to Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director instead of the deputy director, as it currently stands;
Codifying the Federal Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) as a presidential appointee reporting the Federal CIO;
Directing federal agencies to report to Congress on the IT investments; and
Directing the Federal CIO to submit a proposal to Congress for consolidating and streamlining IT across federal agencies