Plan to elevate federal CIO passes in the House

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Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) details why the role of the federal CIO needs to expand, and why he believes the United States needs a national artificial intelligence strategy.


The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 recently passed the House of Representatives unanimously. The legislation looks to elevate the role of the federal CIO in the government, as well as grant them new authorities. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) co-sponsored the bill along with Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL). While it currently has no counterpart in the Senate, Hurd told Colby Hochmuth on Friday that he’s optimistic the act will become law soon.

 

“The way that we make sure we defend the digital infrastructure of the federal government, the way we’re going to make sure we protect the information of all Americans… is to ensure that our agencies are doing the right things when it comes to digital hygiene,” Hurd said. “You need someone to enforce that, and that should be the federal CIO.”

 

Rep. Hurd says that the new role of the federal CIO will have oversight similar to a chief information security officer.

 

“Every large organization has a CISO, the chief information security officer, and it’s making sure that they’re doing the nitty gritty when it comes to defending software and hardware. We also need that across the federal government, and someone who is looking across the policies and procedures across the federal government,” Hurd said. “We need somebody to enforce it, and make sure that it’s being done across all agencies.”