CIOs look into the 'e-future'
- By Daniel Keegan
- Apr 18, 2000
FALLS CHURCH, VA. — More and more electronic government, fiber optics and
increased connectedness are on the agenda for 2000, according to three state
information technology professionals who spoke Monday at the sixth annual
State of the States briefing.
Alisoun Moore, Maryland's chief information officer, Greg Jackson, Ohio's
chief information officer, and Bette Dillehay, Virginia's deputy secretary
of technology, explained their priorities for the year ahead as they tried
to sell their state to hundreds of business representatives attending the
The one-day conference included discussions on using technology in transportation,
e-commerce strategies and public/private sector partnerships.
Moore joked that her state's name should be changed to "eMaryland." She
outlined a "bold" goal to put government services online: By 2002, 50 percent
of services will be online; by 2003, 65 percent; and by 2004, 80 percent.
Her goal includes an environment where teachers e-mail students, students
check on homework online and businesses bid products to the state and send
verified documents electronically. She also said Maryland is planning to
use 400 miles of fiber optics to connect most city institutions and has
rewritten its Technology Master Plan.
The state has also created a chief information officer position at each
agency that would work directly with her, Moore said.
Jackson's goals for Ohio include having all agencies capable of sending
and receiving e-mail by year's end, making all forms available online and
bringing together the various "disjointed" e-commerce initiatives.
Dillehay said Virginia plans to use technology internally to increase the
efficiency of government, not just to help the constituents. She said the
government must also focus on business-project management.
Earlier in the day, Don Upson, Virginia's secretary of technology and the
event's keynote speaker, told the crowd that his state planned to organize
several task forces to tackle both local e-government issues and economic
Upson said the local government initiative would mark the first time a state
lead an effort to help its cities and counties become "wired."