Public sector CIOs are being challenged by one of the sector’s greatest operational reforms. Here are some practical strategies for an effective government CIO construct.
- Develop and brand a consistent CIO functional model (CIO 2.0) that can and should be used by each department and agency with over 50 staff, but scalable to as low as five staff.
- GSD should lead the development of CIO 2.0 based on input from the CIO Council and endorsed by the secretaries’ (or deputy secretaries’) leadership group.
- Relevant secretaries or deputy secretaries and agency CEOs should commit to undertake a mini-program of work to adopt and standardise the CIO 2.0 model by June 2011.
- CIOs should report to the secretary, deputy secretary or agency CEO.
- The CIO grade should be VPS 7 to EO3 depending on the department/agency size and the complexity of business programs delivered.
- Existing CIO functions should be resourced appropriately to align with the CIO 2.0 model as well as the business needs.
- A common CIO model will assist CIOs to develop and shape organisational capability consistent with WoVG standards.
- Information management and technology strategies should be developed on 12-month and 3-year terms to deliver effective information management, security and support services, and to complement machinery of government changes.
The CIO 2.0 model should incorporate the core elements: Strategy and planning; information management and assurance; information security; architecture and standards; and operations, and these should not be outsourced.
Bruce Carlos is a founding member of the CIO Executive Council of Australia and a former CIO of Raytheon Australia and CenITex, the Centre for IT Excellence.
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