Y2K results in vow of cooperation between feds, state IT officials

Y2K results in vow of cooperation between feds, state IT officials

Government groups will unite to determine best ways to use Internet and leadership for mutual gain

By Christopher J. Dorobek

GCN Staff

Officials of the National Association of State Information Resource Executives and the federal Chief Information Officers Council say they want to leverage relationships developed while working on year 2000 efforts.

'Y2K was a model we felt we could build on,' Tennessee CIO Bradley Dugger said at the groups' first joint meeting, which was held in Washington in February.

Members of both groups acknowledged that relationships across levels of government have been rocky at times, but they said they want to work together more often.

The CIO Council agreed to have its six committees work with NASIRE on mutual goals.

The CIO Council has reorganized its committees, creating an Electronic Government Committee that will absorb the Government Information Technology Services Board.

During a meeting at the Virtual Government conference in Washington, the CIO Council selected three agency CIOs to lead the new committee, which replaces the Year 2000 Committee as one of the council's six standing panels.

Social Security Administration CIO John Dyer, Transportation Department CIO George Molaski and Commerce Department deputy CIO Alan P. Balutis will head the E-Government Committee.

E-goals set

The council also set goals for the E-Government Committee:

• Support the WebGov project to encourage the use of a common appearance across federal and state Web sites

• Publish annual data on the number of hits at the top 1,000 federal, state and local government Web sites

• Expand the number of items people can buy online from the government, such as federal surplus items

• Combine one-stop shopping portals for activities such as export and import functions

• Work with federal, state and local public-safety organizations to develop an interoperable radio system for communications during the 2002 Olympics.

The CIO Council made some leadership changes to other committees:

• The Capital Planning and IT Management Committee will be led by Agriculture Department CIO Joseph Leo and Interior Department CIO Daryl W. White.

• The Enterprise Interoperability and Emerging IT Committee will be led by NASA CIO Lee Holcomb, General Services Administration CIO Bill Piatt and Defense Department acting deputy CIO Paul Brubaker.

• The Outreach Committee is being led by Veterans Affairs Department acting CIO Harold Gracey and Army deputy CIO David Borland.

The leaderships of two committees remain unchanged:

• The IT Work Force Committee will continue to be led by Housing and Urban Development Department CIO Gloria Parker and Agriculture deputy CIO Ira L. Hobbs.

• The Security, Privacy and Critical Infrastructure Committee will continue to be led by Commerce CIO Roger W. Baker, State Department CIO Fernando Burbano and Energy Department CIO John Gilligan.


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