Obama amends order to include CTO

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor

President Barack Obama Feb. 5 further signaled his intention to name a chief technology officer.

In a notice published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, the President amended Executive Order 12859 from August 1993 by removing the AIDS Policy Coordinator and replaces it with an Assistant to the President and Chief Technology Officer

The Executive Order signed by former President Bill Clinton established the Domestic Policy Council and listed the members.


This is the first time the administration included assistant to the president as part of the CTO’s title.

The White House Web site says the President would “appoint the nation’s first CTO to ensure the safety of our networks and lead an interagency effort, working with chief technology and chief information officers of each of the federal agencies, to ensure that they use best-in-class technologies and share best practices.”

Under the Homeland Security section of the White House site, it says the President would “appoint a National CTO to ensure that the current non-interoperable plans at the federal, state, and local levels are combined, funded, implemented and effective.”

A CTO also play a major role in other areas such as openness and transparency and private sector critical infrastructure security.


On the Web:

FederalNewsRadio – Turf wars biggest challenge for CTO

Federal Register – Notice of amendment to Executive Order 12859

White House – Homeland Security Agenda

White House- Technology Agenda

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