Center for Technology in Government Begins Second Round of UIG Program With Four Projects in New York

The Center for Technology in Government will begin the second round of its Using Information in Government program by undertaking projects in three New York state agencies as well as New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DOITT).

"The entire effort is organized around a series of questions that government managers have about using information themselves," said Sharon Dawes, director of CTG. "The projects are quite varied, but similar issues are faced by program and IT managers--[issues] of using information to do their jobs."

At the state's Office of Real Property Services, CTG will investigate the plausibility of a new statewide database to help local property tax assessors annually update assessments for New York's 5 million parcels of real property. CTG will gather information from the assessors and then conduct a workshop to identify the necessary steps for a new assessment system.

The Office of the State Comptroller project will have OSC and CTG staff members collaborate to conduct an analysis of user needs and expectations of a redesigned central accounting system. "The current CAS is 18 years old and needs to be reinvented, rethought and potentially redesigned," said assistant deputy comptroller Ruth Walters.

"CTG has a really neutral and credible reputation, and we think this partnership will be very helpful and important," Walters said. "Neutrality was very important because everyone in the state uses this system...and we want to contact vendors, contractors and agencies and find out what they want."

The state's Department of Transportation is attempting create a standard process for evaluating and approving IT investments for new projects and for existing ones. CTG will work the DOT's Information Service Bureau, the IT Council and the Budget and Finance Division this summer to define the needs and goals for the IT investment process. Then CTG will conduct a follow-up investigation in the winter to examine DOT's efforts throughout the process.

The fourth project will couple CTG and New York City's DOITT to define and test an information management model to support investment decisions involved in the city's IT Strategic Plan.

All the projects will begin this year and will continue into 2000, Dawes said. "We want to help these agencies develop policies and guidelines for their programs. We're trying to help the daily collaboration of collective resources for data users [in the state]."

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