Small Business Committee Pleased with Progress at SBA’s Office of Chief Information Officer
WASHINGTON – Today, the House Small Business Committee held a hearing to examine whether the Small Business Administration’s (SBA’s) Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) is running efficiently and effectively.
Over the years, SBA’s Office of the Chief Information Officer has struggled to fulfill its most important functions, including to conduct effective oversight over the agency’s IT investments and IT security. Government watchdogs have issued numerous reports outlining the OCIO’s many failures and flaws.
“Unfortunately, the Office of the Chief Information Officer has struggled over the past several years. It has experienced high turnover at the Chief Information Officer position—SBA is on its eighth CIO since 2005,” said House Small Business Committee Chairman Steve Chabot (R-OH).
“Under new leadership, the Committee is pleased to learn how the current CIO, Ms. Roat, is working to improve the Office of the Chief Information Officer and better fulfill SBA’s important mission. From what the Committee has seen and heard so far, Ms. Roat is trying to strengthen the leadership and voice of her office,” added Chairman Chabot.
Maria Roat, Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Small Business Administration said this during the hearing, “It is necessary to pivot OCIO from a reactive, fire-fighting, technical support operation to a more proactive services organization that is innovative and responsive to the business and technology needs of SBA’s mission. After I arrived, the OCIO began moving aggressively to address its network, systems, and applications and overall operational challenges, move its primary data center to the cloud, address security deficiencies and decrease its personnel vacancy rate.”