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The U.S. CIO position was established within the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to provide leadership and oversight for IT spending throughout the Federal Government. In addition, each Federal agency has its own CIO, as established by the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996.

Steven VanRoekel, U.S. Chief Information Officer
Steven VanRoekel is the second Chief Information Officer of the United States, appointed by President Obama on August 5th, 2011.

Mr. VanRoekel plays a key role in ensuring that the Federal Government is operating, in President Obama’s words, “in the most secure, open, and efficient way possible.” VanRoekel works closely with the chief technology and performance officers.

Mr. VanRoekel directs IT policy, strategic planning of Federal IT investments, and oversight of Federal technology spending. He establishes and oversees enterprise architecture to ensure system interoperability and information-sharing, and maintains information security and privacy across the Federal Government. VanRoekel’s priorities include openness and transparency, lowering costs, cybersecurity, participatory democracy, and innovation.

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