The federal government’s new chief information officer (CIO), Tony Scott, has only been on the job for a few weeks, but his appointment has raised hopes within the records and information management (RIM) community that he will encourage agencies to address records management concerns early in their IT systems development processes.
“We believe the appointment of Tony Scott as the next U.S. chief information officer was a great choice,” said Liz Icenogle, ARMA International’s director of government affairs. “Our organization looks forward to working with him in support of the objectives of the 2012 Managing Government Records Directive, which are to create a more efficient and cost-effective framework for managing government records. Coordination with agency IT leaders is critical to the success of this effort.”
Scott was appointed on February 5 by President Obama to be the next Federal CIO and administrator of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology. He is the former CIO of VMware, a virtualization software company. Previously, he served in the same positions with Microsoft and the Walt Disney Company.
In the role of the CIO for the U.S. government, Scott also serves as the director of the Federal CIO Council, which includes CIOs from 50 departments and agencies. The Managing Government Records Directive, among other things, directs the CIO Council to coordinate with National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Federal Records Council to work with private industry to produce economically viable automated records management solutions. In January, NARA released a key work product of that collaboration, which was a draft report that provides open source tools and technology to assist federal agencies in automating records management duties.
“From an information governance perspective, the new CIO understands the need to encourage agencies to engage records management professionals when IT system are being built or overhauled, and to ensure their input at every development milestone of an IT system,” Icenogle said. “He led organizations where this is a critical private sector best practice, and it’s one that government IT policy professionals should embrace.”
ARMA is part of a newly formed coalition of not-for-profit and think tank organizations representing the information management and governance community that is looking to help federal agencies modernize the management of their government records by taking advantage of opportunities to collaborate with the private sector on best standards and practices.
In addition to ARMA, the coalition is comprised of the American Health Information Management Association, the Association for Information and Image Management, the Information Governance Initiative, the National Association for Information Destruction, and Professional Records and Information Services Management.