IT Governance

IT Governance is an integral part of enterprise governance and consists of the leadership and organizational structures and processes that ensure that the organization's IT sustains and extends the organization's strategies and objectives. (IT Governance Institute, ITGI)

IT Governance provides a structured decision making process around IT investment decisions and promotes accountability, due diligence, and efficient and economic delivery of enterprise IT services.

The Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 establishes a definitive framework for Information Technology (IT) investment management that requires federal agencies to focus more on the results they have achieved through IT initiatives and introducing more rigor and structure into how agencies select and manage IT projects.

OCIO enables and supports the NIH mission by playing a crucial role in IT governance, helping the NIH ICs and OD align information technology investments with the organization’s mission.

OCIO’s supportive role in IT governance at NIH includes the following:

  • Collaborates with NIH ICs to develop effective and appropriate IT governance for NIH investments
  • Collaborates with NIH ICs to support the strategic planning, and administration of NIH IT investments and resources
  • Represents the NIH interests and concerns to the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), ensuring that NIH has input into OMB and HHS policies, guidance and IT management activities
  • Assures critical support to the NIH IT community and its essential activities through development, implementation, and management of NIH IT policy and related guidance
  • Interprets and defines the NIH implementation of relevant laws, regulations, and HHS, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and other Federal mandates
  • Reviews NIH investment assessments and reports from General Accounting Office (GAO), OMB and HHS and collaborate with investment managers to provide responses as appropriate
  • Works with ICs to develop and assess IT capital planning and investment control activities
  • Develops IT management tools and training
  • Provides staff support to IT management committees, governance groups, and work groups
  • Conducts special projects and initiatives

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