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Information, and the technology that supports it, represents a very valuable asset for CDC. In the 1980's, IT expenditures grew 8% compounded annually. In the 1990's that growth doubled to 16%, and between 2002 and 2005 it exceeded 30% a year. During this period, CDC has made substantial extramural IT program investments through initiatives such as HAN, NEDSS, State preparedness grants, BioSense and NEPHTN. Overall, the current IT and informatics spending at CDC exceeds $500 million a year of which approximately $300 million is spent internally across all Coordinating Centers, Institutes, and Offices. These expenditures support the development and operation of 453 information systems across the Agency as well as the entire IT infrastructure.

CDC has had several generations of information technology governance in place since 1985 and recognizes the benefits of information resources to drive the accomplishment of our goals. Over the last several years, there have been many driving forces which cause CDC to refine and implement changes for the next generation of governance for its information resources. In response to these forces, CDC's Executive Leadership Board (ELB) has established a new IR Governance structure and process. The breadth, scope, and importance of information resources at CDC warrant a federated approach to governance which will balance the responsibilities and accountability of governing bodies at difference organization levels and across different functional area. The Information Resources Governance Council (IRGC) is a Leadership Committee of the ELB and will continue the principle and practice of providing high-level oversight and guidance for CDC's investments in information and information technology utilizing the following principles and scope and will be supported by three Enterprise IR Governance Committees and governance processes at each Coordinating Center, Office, and Institute.

  • Provide effective oversight and guidance for the management and use of information and information technology services and systems at CDC
  • Ensure active integration of IR between science, program, and service provision throughout the agency
  • Foster ongoing IR innovation to support CDC's mission while protecting CDC's non-public information and other assets
  • Create an enterprise IR governance process that is integrated at all levels of the organization
  • Promote processes and decision-making bodies that are multi-disciplinary across CDC and include appropriate external partners
  • Adhere to Departmental and IR governance best practices, while being responsive to the particular needs of a project
  • Promote consistent charters (including scope, mission, functions, and membership) throughout the enterprise governance processes
  • Promote the efficient and effective use of secure information resources to enhance CDC's ability to achieve its mission, goals, & objectives
  • Support the efficient oversight and governance of information resources spending


The scope of IR Governance includes all elements noted below that support CDC's information products and services:

  • CDC information systems
  • IT infrastructure
  • IT investments (intramural and extramural)
  • Information protection
  • Information assets associated with CDC information systems
  • IR policies, standards, procedures, and processes
  • Human capital related to these functions (informaticians, architects, data managers, project managers, business analysis, system analysts and developers, programmers, computer and network engineers, content managers, etc.)
  • Approves CDC IRM strategic direction and provides the principle forum for IR governance decision-making
  • Oversees CDC's most critical and highest cost investments
  • Oversees the governance processes and reviews the ongoing effectiveness
  • Resolves issues escalated from IR Committees
  • Serves as CDC's Information Technology Investment Review Board (ITIRB)
  • Develops CDC IR strategic & tactical plans
  • Oversees the definition and alignment of the enterprise architecture
  • Oversees CDC's investments
  • Evaluates the governance processes and reviews the ongoing effectiveness
  • Identifies and sets direction for the policies and standards for information and information systems
  • Oversees the existing governance functions of the Enterprise Architecture Review Board (EARB) & the Technical Review Board (TRB) in accordance with HHS and OMB requirements
  • Serves as the forum for agency-wide customer requirements and services adjudication
  • Oversees enterprise technical standards
  • Sets direction for technical initiatives
  • Plans and coordinates the implementation of new technologies
  • Sets direction for new enterprise IR Services
  • Coordinates resolution to technical issues
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of the information security architecture
  • Defines domain IR strategic plan
  • Creates domain sub-committees as needed for the coverage of all domains
  • Fosters collaborative projects within a domain
  • Provides a forum for information sharing within a domain
  • Identifies domain needs and requirements
  • Reviews funding requests
  • Promotes the integration of administrative processes and systems within a domain

Additional CDC Information Resource Governance documents are located on the CDC internal intranet. Access to these documents is not possible outside the CDC firewall.




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