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Thomas Modly: Navy Planning to Establish Assistant Secretary Position With Expanded CIO Duties

During a recent West Coast IT conference, the Undersecretary of the Navy Thomas Modly announced the department wants to create a new assistant secretary position, Federal News Network reported Thursday. The move to create the Senate-confirmed position comes as part of the efforts to keep up with the additional authorities that Congress granted to the Department of Defense chief information officer, Modly added. 

The new assistant secretary would have expanded CIO duties such as leading the development of relevant strategies and policies while also overseeing IT and cyber issues across the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. As part of its restructuring plan, the Navy intends to eliminate the assistant secretary role for energy, installations and environment and move the responsibilities to the assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition.

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Modly noted that the staff working under the DON CIO’s will transfer to the new assistant secretary position. The Navy has yet to provide a detailed timeline for the effort due to its plans to consult with Congress on the reorganization.

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