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1.7.1 CIO Responsibilities – Laws and Executive Orders

1.7 Architecture

1.7.1 CIO Responsibilities – Laws and Executive Orders

This section lists the statutory responsibilities of CIOs related to their agency’s architecture. The statutory language is directly pulled from applicable laws and executive orders. These statutory responsibilities are then implemented through OMB guidance and guidance from other government- wide organizations. This language, along with the language in other sections under the heading “CIO Responsibilities - Laws and Executive Orders,” defines the CIO role and gives the CIO their statutory mandate.

Definition
[The] term “information technology architecture,” with respect to an executive agency, means an integrated framework for evolving or maintaining existing information technology and acquiring new information technology to achieve the agency’s strategic goals and information resources management goals.

General Responsibilities
The [CIO] of an executive agency is responsible for:

  • Providing advice and other assistance to the head of the executive agency and other senior management personnel of the executive agency to ensure that information technology is acquired and information resources are managed for the executive agency in a manner that implements the policies and procedures of this subtitle, consistent with chapter 35 of title 44 and the priorities established by the head of the executive agency;
  • Developing, maintaining, and facilitating the implementation of a sound, secure, and integrated information technology architecture for the executive agency; and
  • Promoting the effective and efficient design and operation of all major information resources management processes for the executive agency, including improvements to work processes of the executive agency. (40 U.S.C. Subtitle III. Chapter 113. Subchapter II. § 11315. Title 40 Public Buildings, Property and Works.)