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Library of Congress seeks study of its CIO structure

The Library of Congress is re-envisioning the structure of its Office of the Chief Information Officer to make it a strategic business partner with the library's service units and management.

To that end, the Library of Congress seeks an independent assessment of its OCIO arrangement and functions, along with recommendations for improvement.

Under a new solicitation, the library seeks a consultant to conduct a study of the OCIO organization, report on the current arrangement and offer alternative solutions for improvements.

The library also wants recommendations for a structure that identifies key responsibilities, such as database administration and end-user computing. The libary's CIO office provides IT leadership, services and capabilities that support the current and future mission requirements across multiple libary service units, including the Congressional Research Service and the U.S. Copyright Office.

The recommendations for improvement must consider the recommended IT organizational structure, systems, existing policies and procedures, training plans, and potential best practices. They would aim to improve high-level processes, such as how decisions are informed, made and communicated, and improving leadership and culture within the CIO office.

The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

The library released the solicitation Jan. 5. Responses are due by Jan. 19.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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