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September 12, 2008
Contact: OMB Communications, 202-395-7254

Federal CIO Council Announces Formation of
Security and Identity Management Committee

Washington, DC —The Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council today announced the addition of the Security and Identity Management Committee (SIMC) to its portfolio of existing committees.  The committee will address the continuing critical need for improvement and coordination for a secure, well protected national cyber infrastructure as well as stringent standards for identity management consistent with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12.  Robert Carey, Department of the Navy and Vance Hitch, Department of Justice will co-chair the SIMC.

The Security and Identity Management Committee (SIMC) will also play a crucial role in identifying and adopting successful information management and technology initiatives from across government, industry, and academia.  Two new co-chairs, Susan Swart, Department of State and Casey Coleman, General Services Administration will serve on the Best Practices Committee.

“The Council membership is looking forward to working with the new committee leadership to share best practices and achieve results for the departments and agencies as well as the American citizen, “ said Karen Evans, Director of the Council and Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology.  “We believe the new committee structure reflects the importance of the security issues CIOs are addressing daily.”

The Federal CIO Council will continue to operate its committees on Architecture and Infrastructure; Information Technology (IT) Workforce; and Privacy.  The Architecture and Infrastructure Committee leads the Council’s efforts to support government agencies and partners to architect and implement solutions to improve the performance of government.  The IT Workforce Committee identifies and implements strategies to help government maintain an effective IT Workforce.  The Privacy Committee serves as the interagency coordinating group for privacy policy, protections, education and outreach.

The Federal CIO Council was initially established by Executive Order 13011, and later codified by the E-Government Act of 2002.