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OIMT-IA Leadership

Joseph J. Austin

Associate Chief Information Officer (ACIO)

Office of Information Management Technology (OIMT) is responsible for the planning, acquisition, utilization, architecture, security, operations, and management of information resources and Information Technology (IT) for all Indian Affairs, i.e., Office of the Assistant Secretary and the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education. This includes leading Indian Affairs strategic IT planning to improve the use of information and information processing resources, developing policies promoting program and the effective use of information technology and resources throughout Indian Affairs in consultation with Indian Affairs Program Directors, and developing effective working relationships with internal IA program customers and OIMT organizations in the Department. The office supervises field and Central Office staff, providing management and oversight of all Indian Affairs information resources and technology; provides direction and oversight for Indian Affairs information system security activities; E-Government activities, the development and implementation of the Indian Affairs IT policies on the creation and disposition of information and systems; and ensures standardized technology and information resource functions within Indian Affairs to achieve continuity of information technology and resource accountability throughout the organization. Six divisions are under the direction of and assist the ACIO in carrying out the OIMT responsibilities and functions.

OIMT is subject to Federal legislation, regulations, and directives associated with the management of Federal government IT resources. These mandates, listed below, serve as enablers, and provide checks and balances. Compliance with these legislative and administrative mandates assures our stakeholders of an operating environment where accountability and enhanced security deliver measurable results.


Many of the requirements associated with the laws, regulations, and guidelines, listed above, have resulted in Department-wide metrics that form the basis for our budget, and improvement in our organization. In FY 2007, OIMT placed a strong emphasis on demonstrating conformance with these requirements through measurable results tracked on our eGovernment Scorecard. We did this while balancing our focus on addressing the business needs of the Bureau in a constrained budget environment. OIMT strives to deliver information solutions to empower IA programs in the fulfillment of their commitments to Indian Country. We enable the IA mission by supporting internal information management and creating tools for IA lines of business stakeholders so that they can deliver critical services to their stakeholders. In the conduct of our daily operations, and in planning for the future, OIMT has incorporated both government and industry best practices. We have begun the process of continually and thoughtfully streamlining and refining ourselves as new best practices come to light. Although it is not feasible to embrace all best practices which may emerge in the private sector, our plans and operations incorporate salient best practices to the greatest extent possible and appropriate.

To become a world class IT organization, OIMT is working continually to incorporate government and industry best practices. Our performance measures are based on the 2006 twelve CIO Clinger-Cohen Act Core Competencies.


OIMT is committed to optimizing value to stakeholders through the implementation of IT best practices, processes, and core competencies, and by delivering and communicating results to our customers.