Tennessee's CIO a dragon-slayer
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 08, 2000
As experts outlined some of the best practices learned throughout the world
from dealing with the Year 2000 rollover, Tennessee's chief information
officer said Wednesday that the most important thing that Y2K taught governments
was how to identify and kill "dragons."
"We learned how to kill dragons, and maybe more important, we learned how
to identify dragons," said Bradley Dugger, speaking in Washington, D.C.,
at a forum sponsored by the General Services Administration, the National
Academy of Public Administration, and the Federation of Government Information
Dugger said dealing with Year 2000 clarified for everyone their real problems,
which were the systems, devices and standards that needed to be ready.
"The dragons weren't people, but there was a real Y2K problem that needed
to be solved," Dugger said. "We understood what the problem was and that
we needed to kill it, and we didn't care if it was local, state, federal
or industry people — just go and kill it."
Dugger said governments need to understand that many people don't understand
that federal, state and local governments are each using their tax dollars
for different things. "All they know is that the taxes are money out of
their pocket," he said.
"We need to use what we've got to work together intergovernmentally, and
we'll make progress," Dugger said.