Bush extends life of information technology advisory group

Bush extends life of information technology advisory group

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

FEB. 14—The President's Information Technology Advisory Committee will live on for another three months, or until June 1, under an executive order signed by President Bush earlier this week. The High-Performance Computing Act of 1991 had only authorized the group's existence through Feb. 11.

The group, comprised of IT experts from business and academia, advises the president on information systems topics such as electronic government and the digital divide.

Today the group released reports on IT issues in health care, creating digital libraries and using technology to transform the way students learn.

The report on IT and medicine, Transforming Health Care Through Information Technology, suggests in part that the federal government design and deploy a scalable national computing and information infrastructure to support biomedical research. The three reports are posted at www.itrd.gov.

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