CIO DHS lacks authority to implement programs

Critical IT improvements at DHS go unimplemented because CIO lacks power, says agency's IG.

The CIO for the Department of Homeland Security does not  have needed authority to implement critical IT infrastructure projects, a new report (view PDF) from the agency's inspector general charges. Much needed, says the IG: The Information Technology Infrastructure Transformation Program, which includes "consolidation of data centers to create a secure, sensitive but unclassified network and a common email system for DHS."

Washington Technology reports:

“The DHS CIO is not well positioned to accomplish these IT integration objectives” because the CIO is not a member of the senior management team with authority to strategically manage departmentwide technology assets, the report said. Furthermore, the CIO does not have sufficient staff to implement the program."

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