US Department of Education Principal Office Functional Statements
Office of the Chief Information Officer

  • Mission and Responsibilities
  • Organization
  • Order of Succession
  • Functions and Responsibilities of the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) Components
    • Immediate Office
    • Information Technology Services
    • Information Assurance Services
    • Information Technology Program Services

I. Mission and Responsibilities
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) provides advice and assistance to the Secretary and other senior officials to ensure that information technology is acquired and information resources are managed in a manner that is consistent with the requirements of:

  • the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996 (The Act),
  • the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002,
  • Chapter 35 of Title 44 USC,
  • 40 U.S.C. 11315(b) and (c),
  • and Executive Order 13011.

The agency's Chief Information Officer (CIO) is charged with implementing the operative principles established by legislation and regulation, establishing a management framework to improve the planning and control of information technology investments, and leading change to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of Departmental operations.
The CIO reports directly to the Secretary of Education and provides leadership and direction to:

  • Develop, maintain, and implement a sound and integrated information technology enterprise architecture;
  • Provide enterprise-wide IT services that include technical infrastructure support, enhanced infrastructure services, and centrally supported application services;
  • Promote the effective and efficient design and operation of major Departmental information resource management processes and recommend, as appropriate, improvements to agency business processes;
  • Manage agency information resources to improve the productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness of Federal programs inclusive of information dissemination initiatives and efforts to reduce information collection burdens;
  • Develop information technology and information assurance requirements, completing cost/benefit analysis of proposed solutions, managing projects in accordance with sound systems life cycle management procedures and establishing performance standards and measures to assess success of short and long term solutions;
  • Define and manage capital planning and investment management processes to ensure their successful implementation and integration with the Department's budget, acquisition and planning processes;
  • Monitor the performance of the agency's information technology and information assurance programs and investments, evaluating them against performance and other applicable measures, and advising the Secretary regarding their continuation, modification or termination;
  • Assess information technology, information assurance, and information management competencies defined for agency personnel to ensure that Departmental employees are technologically prepared to achieve the Department's strategic goals;
  • Manage the agency's Information Assurance Program, developing agency-wide policy for the protection and control of information;
  • Deploy and maintain all enterprise-wide information technology;
  • Develop recommendations and implement information technology solutions designed to enhance and enable agency business processes;
  • Develop and provide technology standards to assure business alignment and promote a viable enterprise technology framework;
  • Provide administrative and technical support to the agency's Data Integrity Board and monitor the Department's compliance with the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act.
  • Manage the agency's participation and implementation of Federal CIO Council Initiatives and coordinate Council activities throughout the Department.
  • Coordinate all eGov Initiatives and their status reporting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

II. Organization
The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is under the immediate supervision of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) who reports directly to the Secretary.

III. Order of Succession
In the event that the Chief Information Officer dies, resigns or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office and the office is thereby deemed to be vacant, and the Secretary has not designated in writing another individual to act as the Chief Information Officer, the following officials, in the order shown, shall perform the functions and duties of the office in an acting capacity.

In instances where the office of the Chief Information Officer is filled, but the head of the Office is absent, unavailable, otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the position, and/or there is a disruption in the normal channels of direction and communication, and unless the head of the Office or the Secretary, in writing, designates another individual to act as the Chief Information Officer, the following officials, in the order shown, shall serve in an acting capacity as the Acting Chief Information Officer:

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Director, Information Technology Services

Director, Financial Systems Services

Director, Information Assurance Services


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Last Modified: 07/02/2013