In 1996, Bill Clinton signed an executie order creating the Chief Information Officers Council. Recently, George W. Bush rescinded it. According to an Office of Management and Budget spokesperson, it's just a matter of cleaning up the paperwork, since key provisions have been codified in the Electronic Government Act of 2002, Federal Computer Week reports.
But, says consultant Paul Brubaker, "Getting rid of the EO could give the administration some flexibility in the ability to eliminate the CIO Council and the [Government Information Technology Services] Board, or at least come up with another, perhaps more effective, governance structure."
The GITS Board in particular is a holdover from the days before the 1996 IT management law. It "is really a function that the law says OMB should perform," Brubaker said.
Alan Chvotkin, senior vice president and counsel at the Professional Services Council, said he was perplexed by Bush's action. “Clearly some of those issues have been overtaken by events, but some of it still has some viability," he said. "It doesn't make a lot of sense."