This section consists of IT authorities assigned to agencies in laws and executive orders which directly or indirectly task the CIO with duties or responsibilities pertaining to IT leadership and accountability. The statutory language is directly pulled from the applicable laws and executive orders. In most cases, the heads of agencies delegate all IT management responsibilities to the CIO, but some functions are explicitly assigned to more than one person (e.g. the CIO in consultation with the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)). See individual agency policies to determine how instances of dual responsibility are implemented and executed, and what tasks (if any) are required of the agency head but not delegated to the CIO.
The head of each agency shall be responsible for:
In consultation with the [CIO] designated under paragraph (2) and the agency [CFO] (or comparable official), each agency program official shall define program information needs and develop strategies, systems, and capabilities to meet those needs. (Ibid.)
Establish a process within the office headed by the [CIO] designated under subsection (a), that is sufficiently independent of program responsibility to evaluate fairly whether proposed collections of information should be approved under this subchapter, to—review each collection of information before submission to the Director for review under this subchapter. (Ibid.)
It is the policy of the executive branch to:
Agency-Wide IT Consolidation
The head of each covered agency shall take all necessary and appropriate action to:
The head of each covered agency shall take all necessary and appropriate action to ensure that:
Knowledge and Skills Standards for IT Personnel
CIO Hiring Authorities
As directed in EO 13833, OPM and the Chief Human Capital Officer Council published guidance delegating to the head of each covered agency authority to determine whether there is a severe shortage of candidates, or that a critical hiring need exists, for IT positions at the agency. (OPM. Delegation of Direct-Hire Appointing Authority for IT Positions. 4/5/2019.) This direct hire authority (DHA) expands agencies' ability to maximize DHA for meeting critical IT hiring challenges beyond the Government-wide DHA for IT, which is limited to IT positions related to information security.
Wherever appropriate and consistent with applicable law, the head of each covered agency shall ensure that the CIO shall be a member of any investment or related board of the agency with purview over IT, or any board responsible for setting agency-wide IT standards. The head of each covered agency shall also, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, direct the CIO to chair any such board. To the extent any such board operates through member votes, the head of each covered agency shall also, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, direct the CIO to fulfill the role of voting member. (EO 13833. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Agency Chief Information Officers. May 2018.)