E-government, homeland security center stage at FOSE

For the first time, a group of smaller Korean companies have joined in a FOSE pavilion, being set up Monday.

How to take the next step in e-government portal services - including taxing, education and health-care records - is on the discussion agenda in the E-Town Theater sessions at FOSE's first day.

Organizers of the three-day expo, opening Tuesday at the new Washington Convention Center, also say the Homeland Security Center and conference sessions on the show floor are expected to be a major attraction this year.

'Citizens want services (around the clock),' said Bill Howell, general manager of FOSE. 'Government is really trying to do that. In some cases, it has been a struggle for them.'

Integrating services from all levels of government will be covered by an E-Town panel that includes Tracy Smith, the director of E-Government Initiatives at the Virginia Information Providers Network in Richmond and Oscar Morales, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency's E-Rulemaking Initiative.

FOSE, produced by Post Newsweek Tech Media, is expected to attract as many as 25,000 people. Last year's attendance was 18,462. Post Newsweek Tech Media also publishes Government Computer News and Washington Technology.

More than 440 exhibitors have registered, up from 386 last year.

'Any company that is in government IT is going to be at FOSE this year,' Howell said.

This year's show for the first time includes a Korean Trade Pavilion that includes companies that are trying to do business with the federal government, Howell said.

'These include some of the smaller companies that are coming together in a pavilion,' he said Monday during a preview of the show floor.

FOSE also includes a small-business pavilion where smaller companies are able to cluster.

'We've made it more financially attractive for them to come to FOSE,' Howell said. 'We've done this in a way that lets small business reach out to government.'

Stephen J. Rohlder, group chief executive for the government operating group at management consultant Accenture, is scheduled to give FOSE's first keynote at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Rohlder also will release an Accenture research report on e-government, which includes recommendations on setting up successful e-government programs.

More information on FOSE is available at www.fose.com.

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