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GAO Tells OMB to Ensure Federal CIOs Have More Power
Nearly 50 percent of federal CIOs have another official agency job function in addition to being chief information officer. That's just one of the professional distractions they face and, although the law calls for it, many CIOs are not responsible for all the privacy and security tasks that perhaps they should be. That’s according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which wrote, in a report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), that “federal law provides CIOs with adequate authority to manage IT for their agencies; however, some limitations exist that impede their ability to exercise this authority.”

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