Study Finds Florida Should Hone IT Use
- By John Monroe
- Apr 03, 2000
Florida needs to take a hard look at how it uses technology to deliver services
via the Internet and to conduct business internally, according to a report
issued by the IT Florida task force.
The IT Florida report, commissioned by Gov. Jeb Bush last June and delivered
to the state legislature on Feb. 14, recommends conducting a survey to find
out what services state residents would like and developing a World Wide
Web portal to make it easier for people to find those services.
The task force also proposes creating a central IT management group
to improve the development and support of online services and internal applications.
"Currently, the state spends about $1 billion a year on IT," according
to the report. "It is critical that we leverage this purchasing power to
create eGovernment efficiencies."
Other recommendations include a study to determine whether every state
employee should have Internet access and development of a comprehensive
plan for offering the government work force high-tech training.
The recommendations were developed by the eGovernment subcommittee of
IT Florida, which Bush established to analyze the role of technology in
the state's public and private sectors. Other focus areas include technology
access, business development, education, rules and regulations, and work
force training infrastructure development.