CIO Council to seek funding

CIO Council to seek funding

BY PREETI VASISHTHA | GCN STAFF

The Chief Information Officers Council plans to ask President Bush to establish an intergovernmental fund for crosscutting programs and will share other electronic-government concerns with the new administration, Treasury Department CIO James Flyzik said recently.

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

The council's plans jibe with many of the initiatives addressed in Bush's fiscal 2002 spending proposal, A Blueprint for New Beginnings: A Responsible Budget for America's Priorities [GCN, March 19, Page 9].

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 e-government projects.

Time to expand

Flyzik stressed the need for government and industry initiatives to expand the scope of governmentwide portals such as FirstGov, at 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 infrastructure interoperability and continue to raise security, privacy and work force concerns with the administration, the vice chairman said.
Flyzik said the council will stress the need for better connectivity, interoperability, public collaboration, investment management and funding.

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.

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