Commerce's systems-savvy Daley will take over Gore campaign

Commerce's systems-savvy Daley will take over Gore campaign

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

JUNE 19—Vice President Gore last week tapped Commerce Secretary William M. Daley to take over as his presidential campaign chairman, in part based on Daley's work on electronic-government initiatives at the department.

Daley replaces Tony Coelho, who resigned from the Gore 2000 campaign, citing heath reasons. Coelho had been told by his doctors to restrict his travel and slow down his pace to deal with a case of diverticulitis, an inflammation of the intestinal wall.

Gore campaign officials said that Daley's expertise in commerce as well as his work on e-government programs make him the ideal candidate to oversee Gore's bid for the White House. Gore has made e-government one of his pet campaign issues.

As the Commerce Department's 32nd secretary, Daley spearheaded the Digital Department initiative to move Commerce toward paperless operations. He also has been a proponent of efforts to close the digital divide and make sure that the poor have access to services offered via the Internet. Through the Digital Department effort, Commerce has begun a series of projects to make the Internet the department's chief communications medium.

Also during Daley's watch, Commerce has overseen the $4 billion systems modernization at the National Weather Service and the development of a public-key infrastructure to process Patent and Trademark Office applications.

The department's Census Bureau meanwhile tested the use of Net for capturing data for the decennial census. Citizens asked to fill out the short form for the 2000 Census were able to do so on the bureau's Web site. In coming weeks, Census plans to post decennial census figures as they finish crunching the data.

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