Tech expands beyond CIO

SAN DIEGO -- The recent explosive growth of the Internet and electronic commerce has changed the way states do business, and now plenty of people besides the chief information officer are interested in technology, according to the head of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council.

"Last year there were a handful of applications to explain; now we have to pick and choose," said P.K. Agarwal, CIO of the California Franchise Tax Board and NECCC chairman. "The interest level is bubbling up. It's no longer for CIOs and "techies" but also secretaries of state and others. It's everybody's business."

Agarwal's comments came as conference attendees split into four working groups to discuss "Electronic Commerce: A Blueprint for States," the draft research paper of what he called an e-commerce road map for states.

The paper, which was developed in conjunction with the Center for Digital Government, addresses four e-commerce topics: enterprise administration, technologies, management and policies. The discussion would be translated into recommendations for the final document.

Agarwal said comments on the paper will be accepted through Nov. 22 and a final draft should be ready by Dec. 1.

"It is our intent to keep this a fairly brief document," he said. "We want people to understand it and for it to be clear. We want people to read it."

The document can be viewed and comments will be accepted online at www.ec3.org.

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