Feds counsel CIOs on the future of government IT

Virginia Beach, Va.—After getting feedback from government employees, the Chief
Information Officers Council crafted a final version of its 1999 strategic plan.

“We want you to put on your imagineering hats and think about the future,”
James Flyzik, the council’s vice chairman and Treasury Department CIO told attendees
of the Interagency Resource Management and CIO Council Conference this month.

The council’s six committees—Capital Planning and Information Technology
Investment, Education and Training, Interoperability, Outreach, Security and Year
2000—held break-out sessions at the conference where committee members talked about
their goals and asked for reactions from government employees.

Following the conference, the committee members will submit their findings to the full
council. The council will use the information to refine its 1999 strategic plan, which
will set both short- and long-term priorities, Flyzik said. The council will release the
strategic plan soon, he said.

At the conference, the committee members reported their findings at a follow-up

The committee will help launch a CIO University where employees can learn the skills
they need to perform their jobs, he said.

Agencies also need to take an enterprise approach to managing electronic records,
Bresnick said.

One idea would be for council members to bring their public affairs officials to
meetings so they can report to agencies on council efforts, she said. The committee also
needs to consider creating a more interactive Web site, Gerstein said.

The directive requires all agencies to develop security plans by Nov. 17. Condon said
the council’s Security Committee must do more to help government protect the
nation’s critical infrastructures and to meet the directive’s requirements.

Agencies should also share best practices and lessons learned and begin planning for
the weekend prior to first work week of 2000, Woodside said.  

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