As the needs of the Federal Government evolve to require a dynamic, leading-edge workforce, the CIO Council is keeping pace by closing down the CIO University program and transitioning resources to next-generation solutions to Federal IT challenges. The Council’s governing committee recognized the need to invest in other high-impact programs and services for CIOs because the CIOU program has achieved its original goals.
The CIO University program was started by the Federal Government in 2000 in response to the growing need for agency CIO with specific knowledge and skills. CIOU addressed the IT competency gaps mentioned in the 1996 Clinger Cohen Act through the creation of the Clinger Cohen Core Competencies and Learning Objectives, which are maintained by the CIO Council. The CIOU program was implemented by select partner universities who ensure that students in their graduate level IT degree programs are taught the core competencies.
Over the past year since taking direct control of the program, the Council reviewed its history, objectives, and current state to determine the best course forward. Research and interviews held with various stakeholders both inside and out of government indicated that CIOU has served the purpose for which it was initially created. The Council learned that the CIO training needs originally identified for CIOU to meet are largely being served by a host of academic institutions across the country that are not a part of CIOU. In addition, the number of Federal employees who have the IT skills specified by the Clinger Cohen core competencies has grown significantly. In light of these facts, the Council decided that CIOU’s success will enable a focus on other programs that support efficient, high-performance Federal IT products and services.
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