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About is the website of the U.S. Chief Information Officer and the Federal CIO Council, serving as a central resource for information on Federal information technology (IT). By showcasing examples of innovation, identifying best practices, and providing a forum for Federal IT leaders, keeps the public informed about how our Government is working to close the technology gap between the private and public sectors.


The CIO Council aspires to promote a bright and prosperous future for the United States through the strategic use of Federal IT. It seeks to drive efficiency and effectiveness across Government, spurring innovation, protecting and defending our resources and more effectually bringing Government services to the American People.


The CIO Council is the principal interagency forum on Federal agency practices for IT management. Originally established by Executive Order 13011 (Federal Information Technology) and later codified by the E-Government Act of 2002, the CIO Council’s mission is to improve practices related to the design, acquisition, development, modernization, use, sharing, and performance of Federal Government information resources.


The CIO Council serves the following key objectives:

  • Develop recommendations for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Federal Government IT management policies and requirements;
  • Establish government-wide priorities on information technology policy and monitor their implementation;
  • Share lessons learned, ideas, best practices, and innovative approaches related to IT management;
  • Assist the Federal Chief Information Officer (Federal CIO) in the identification, development, and coordination of multi-agency projects and other innovative initiatives to improve Federal Government performance through the use of IT;
  • Promote collaboration and community building among Federal Agency CIOs for purposes of sharing best practices, transferring knowledge, and developing a unified approach for addressing Federal IT challenges;
  • Promote the development and use by agencies of common IT management performance measures under Chapter 36 and Title II of the E-Government Act of 2002;
  • Serve as a forum for collaboration on intra-agency IT portfolio management to reduce duplicative IT investments and drive the efficient use of IT resources across agencies within the Federal Government;
  • Partner, as appropriate, with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Office of the Federal CIO (OMB) to develop recommendations on IT standards developed under section 20 of the NIST Act (15 U.S.C. 278g–3) and promulgated under Section 11331 of Title 40, and maximize the use of commercial standards to the extent possible, including the following:
    • Standards and guidelines for interconnectivity and interoperability as described under section 3504;
    • Standards and guidelines for categorizing Federal Government electronic information to enable efficient use of technologies, consistent with the process under section 207(d) of the EGovernment Act of 2002;
    • Standards and guidelines for Federal Government computer system efficiency and security.
  • Work with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to assess and address the hiring, training, classification, and professional development needs of Federal employees in areas related to IT management;
  • Work with the Archivist of the United States to assess how the Federal Records Act can be addressed effectively by Federal IT initiatives and activities;
  • Solicit perspectives from the Chief Financial Officers Council, Federal Acquisition Officers Council, Chief Human Capital Officers’ Council, Budget Officers Advisory Council, and other key groups of in the Federal Government, as well as industry, academia, and other Federal, tribal, and state and local governments, on matters of concern to the Council as appropriate.

Read the CIO Council Charter (Updated November, 2012)