Kerry's campaign blasts Bush on e-gov

If elected, John Kerry's administration would put a greater emphasis on e-government, the Democratic senator's presidential campaign advisers said. For example, the Kerry administration would favor including state and local links on the FirstGov Web portal.

"You can't coerce states and localities to do this, but you [can] bring them together," said Paul Weinstein, chief operating officer at the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and co-chairman of a policy team advising the Kerry campaign on government reform.

A Kerry campaign document states that the Bush administration has allowed government "to fall behind in the transformation to e-government."

Electronic governance under the Bush administration is largely symbolic, said Robert Atkinson, PPI vice president and a member of Kerry's government reform advisory committee. The evidence, he said, is in lawmakers' paltry e-government appropriations. Bush "asked for $45 million, and he doesn't get it?" Atkinson asked. "What's happening there is he

doesn't care."

Another problem with e-government in the Bush administration is a lack of institutional clout in the position of administrator of e-government and information technology at the Office and Management and Budget, he said. "It just doesn't have the juice that it needs or the support within the administration," he said.

But campaign advisers did not say whether Kerry supports the creation of a federal governmentwide chief information officer. "We haven't stated a position on that.... We're still working on getting out a paper," Weinstein said.

About the Author

David Perera is a special contributor to Defense Systems.

Featured

  • People
    Dr. Ronny Jackson briefs the press on President Trump

    Uncertainty at VA after nominee withdraws

    With White House physician Adm. Ronny Jackson's withdrawal, VA watchers are wondering what's next for the agency and its planned $16 billion health IT modernization project.

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.