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Federal CIOs tell Congress: We want power to halt contracts

Federal agency CIOs ought to have the authority to stop major IT procurements if they have concerns about cybersecurity, lawmakers were told by agency executives Wednesday.

Currently, federal CIOs have to sign-off on an Authority to Operate for every major IT system in their department. But CIOs, including NASA’s Renee Wynn, told subcommittee chairman Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, that it wasn’t clear what happens to a procurement contract if the ATO for the system wasn’t signed.

Source: Federal CIOs tell Congress: We want power to halt contracts

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