CIO Council's agenda, Bush's 2002 budget in accord

CIO Council's agenda, Bush's 2002 budget in accord

By Preeti Vasishtha and Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff

MARCH 15'The CIO Council soon will ask President Bush to establish an intergovernmental fund for crosscutting programs, and will share other e-government concerns with the new administration, Treasury chief information officer Jim Flyzik said Wednesday.

'We need a permanent funding mechanism for governmentwide initiatives,' Flyzik said during a speech at the Information Processing Interagency Conference in Austin, Texas. He is vice chairman of the CIO Council and deputy assistant secretary for information systems at Treasury.

The council's plans jibe with many of the initiatives addressed in Bush's 2002 spending proposal, A Blueprint for New Beginnings: A Responsible Budget for America's Priorities. The president earmarked $10 million for a General Services Administration fund as the first installment of $100 million to be spent over three years on crosscutting electronic-government projects.

Flyzik stressed the need for government and private-sector initiatives to expand the scope of governmentwide portals such as FirstGov, at www.firstgov.gov.

'FirstGov is just a start,' Flyzik said. 'We have to restructure the government along functional lines.'

The council will also focus on public-key insfrastructure interoperability and continue to raise security, privacy and work force concerns with the administration, Flyzik said.

Under the Bush proposal, the Office of Management and Budget would control the intergovernmental fund, which would finance projects such as Firstgov and PKI efforts.

The administration also wants to increase by 38 percent the funding for GSA's critical infrastructure protection program.

The council will stress the need for better connectivity, interoperability, public collaboration, investment management and funding, Flyzik said.

In weekly meetings with its counterparts, including the President's Information Technology Advisory Council and private-sector groups, the CIO panel will seek ways to improve government through the use of information, people, procurement and technology, Flyzik said.

Bush's plan touts outsourcing as a solution to many of government's IT and work force issues.

The budget proposal is available online at www.gpo.gov/usbudget. Visit www.cio.gov for more information about the CIO Council.

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