IPIC show opens with work force, e-gov focus

IPIC show opens with work force, e-gov focus

AUSTIN, Texas'A pair of familiar government information technology gurus espoused complementary topics'work force shortages and electronic-government challenges'last week at the Information Processing Interagency Conference.

'People are our most important asset,' said Ira Hobbs, acting chief information officer at the Agriculture Department.

Those people, including CIOs at the federal, state and local levels, should define what e-government means and work collectively to reach those goals, said Don Upson, Virginia secretary of technology.

To increase retention, the federal government should create IT job categories that correspond to private-sector jobs, Hobbs said.

Once on board, government IT workers need to learn to communicate with policy-makers who often do not understand technical language, Upson said. 'E-gov is not about cutting costs,' he said. 'It's about providing better services to citizens.'

'Preeti Vasishtha

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