Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States

The Federal Chief Information Officer of the United States, also known as the United States Chief Information Officer,[1] is the administrator of the Office of Electronic Government, which in turn is part of the Office of Management and Budget. The position is appointed by the President and does not require Senate confirmation. It was created by the E-Government Act of 2002.[2]

The US CIO oversees federal technology spending, federal IT policy, and strategic planning of all Federal IT investments. The CIO is charged with establishing a government-wide enterprise architecture that ensures system interoperability, information-sharing, and maintains effective information security and privacy controls across the Federal Government.

Vivek Kundra is the first person to use the title Federal Chief Information Officer. Previous holders of the office used the title Administrator for E-government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget.[3]

On August 4, 2011, Steven VanRoekel was named to be the second Chief Information Officer of the United States.[4]

Lisa Schlosser[5] was the acting CIO after VanRoekel resigned in November 2014.

On Thursday, February 5, 2015, President Barack Obama appointed Tony Scott,[6] who had been serving as leader of the global information technology group at VMware Inc., since 2013, to fill the office. He had served as Chief Information Officer at Microsoft from 2008 to 2013, and as CIO at the Walt Disney Company from 2005 to 2008.[7]

See also


  1. See byline: Tony Scott Strengthening & Enhancing Federal Cybersecurity for the 21st Century. July 31, 2015, at whitehouse.gov
  2. "E-Government Act 2002"
  3. "CORRECTIONS". The Washington Post. 2009-09-19. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  4. Lohr, Steve (2011-08-04). "White House Picks New Information Chief". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  5. "Lisa Schlosser, Author at CIO Council". CIO.gov. CIO Council. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  6. "Tony Scott, Author at CIO Council". CIO Council. Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  7. "President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts". whitehouse.gov. Retrieved 2015-11-12.

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