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House Passes 2018 Federal CIO Reauthorization Bill; Will Hurd Quoted

The House of Representatives passed a bill to reauthorize the federal chief information officer in a move to fortify the nation's cybersecurity.

The Federal CIO Authorization Act of 2018 would grant the executive with authority to report directly to the Office of Management and Budget's director as a presidential appointee, Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas said Friday. The bill would also appoint a federal chief information security officer to assist the federal CIO and require the submission of an information technology streamlining plan. Hurd and Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill. introduced the bill.

"Americans should be able to trust their government to keep their information safe,” said Hurd.

“By codifying and reauthorizing the federal CIO and CISO roles, we will continue streamlining government IT processes," said Kelly.

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