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However, some experts are concerned that NIST’s guide is too narrow in scope. “Web 2.0 is much bigger than the areas NIST is addressing,” said Bruce McConnell, president at consultant McConnell International.

Web services applications can create security pitfalls that experts might not fully understand, he added. For example, when coders develop programs called mashups, they integrate elements of other Web applications to create capabilities beyond those of the programs’ components. However, because mashups are not well-understood, they could carry new vulnerabilities, McConnell said. One solution is to build in rather than deploy external measures later. “Technology is starting to be developed with security built in — not as an afterthought — but this practice is not yet as widespread or as deep as it needs to be,” he said.

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"The administration needs to build on its excellent [e-government] report by working directly with each appropriations subcommittee to explain the value of IT in terms that resonate," wrote Bruce McConnell, president of McConnell International.

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Focus on the Mission — "It's not about technology," said Bruce McConnell, former chief of information policy and technology at the Office of Management and Budget and now president of McConnell International. "It's about what the organization is trying to accomplish. The CIOs who are effective are focused on the business goals and the mission goals. Technology is the tool they are using to help the organization meet those goals."

Build Alliances — Other CXOs, such as the chief financial officer and the chief human capital officer, should be the CIO's closest allies, McConnell said. To do this, CIOs should carefully listen to the CXOs' priorities and concerns, while being transparent about their own goals and needs. "They are people who care about management issues who are at the corporatewide or programwide table, as opposed to business-line owners who may not care about management," he said. "They share a common interest."

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But as OMB's authority over IT investments increased under the new law, agencies' responsibilities did, too. "The Clinger-Cohen Act empowered the agencies, gave them both the tools such as CPIC and the CIOs and the responsibility to control their own destiny," said Bruce McConnell, Schlarman's predecessor at OMB and now president of McConnell International.

But many CIOs are still fighting for that elusive seat at the table. "Let's face it. The CIOs are completely misnamed," McConnell said. "They continue to be chief information technology officers, not chief information officers."

Being thought of as a technology wonk means being locked away in the backroom while the cool kids set the agenda. For the most part, CIOs are not "integrally related to managing the core mission in the agencies," McConnell said. It became news when FBI Director Robert Mueller announced that his CIO had bureauwide approval authority over IT spending.

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