A new memo from the Defense Department says the responsibilities of DoD chief information officer won’t be transferred to Cyber Command.
Posted online July 5, the undated memo is signed by former Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who recently resigned from his role.
According to the memo, obtained by FierceGovernmentIT, Gates had previously “tentatively agreed to a conceptual approach” under which significant responsibility for the operation of DoD networks would have transferred away from the DoD CIO and Defense Information Systems Agency to Cyber Command.
However, “significant policy, operational and practical concerns” prevent that from taking place, and DoD was back at square one with trying to figure out the duties of the DoD CIO.
“To this end, I believe the best course for the department is to return to the original goal of disestablishing [Networks Integration and Information] into a smaller and more focused and strengthened Chief Information Officer Office that has a strong relationship between DISA and CYBERCOM and achieves savings from eliminating functions that are duplicative or no longer necessary,” Gates writes.
The memo requests that acquisition oversight of major automated information systems and responsibility for netcentricity and command and control systems be transferred to the Office of the Under Secretary of Acquisition, Technology and Logistics by Sept. 30
Gates also calls for an enhanced relationship and clearer delineation of responsibilities between CIO, DISA and Cyber Command, “consistent with my decision to retain responsibility for DISA within CIO.”