CIOs: Politics not prompting e-gov
- By John Monroe
- May 11, 2000
Political grandstanding evidently will not contribute much to making "e-government"
A survey of federal, state and local chief information officers attending
the Government CIO Summit in Savannah, Ga., this week found that pressure
from the executive and legislative branches of their governments carried
less weight than a wide variety of other factors.
Only 18 percent of the 100 or so CIOs identified pressure from the legislature
as a critical factor, with only a slightly higher percentage citing pressure
from their executive branch, be it city hall, the state capitol or the White
In contrast, more than half of the CIOs said recent advances in commercial
technology provided the impetus for e-government applications. A similar
number cited the potential to improve their efficiency, maintaining or improving
services without increasing their staff.
Even taxpayer demand ranked higher than internal pressures, with 35
percent of the CIOs ranking that as a critical factor in their plans.