Terry Halvorsen: DoD Directive Clarifies CIO Role in Cyber Strategy

Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

The Defense Department has implemented a few changes to the duties and responsibilities of its chief information officer as the department aims to delineate the CIO role’s reach, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jared Serbu writes that an updated DoD directive stated the parameters of the CIO role compared with the U.S. Cyber Command and the recently created role of principal cyber adviser under the larger DoD cyber strategy.

“This … tries to clarify the CIO and PCA’s role, where the operational commander has a bigger role, what is the CIO’s role to the operational commander,” acting DoD CIO Terry Halvorsen told reporters.

The report said the CIO would advise the defense secretary on IT management as well as oversee IT spending and help facilitate the efficiency and interoperability of the IT architecture.

The DoD CIO is also now a co-chair of the Defense Business Council alongside the deputy chief management officer, which Congress is planning to align with the CIO role as part of the 2015 defense authorization bill, Serbu reports.

A new role for undersecretary of defense for business management and information, which could take effect in 2017, will combine CIO and DCMO operations, the report said.

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