Agarwal trades public for private
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 12, 2000
P.K. Agarwal, a well-known and respected chief information officer, will
leave his post at the California Franchise Tax Board to run National Information
Consortium's electronic government operations.
As the chief information officer and executive vice president for eGovernment
Applications, Agarwal will work to create new e-government applications
and continue advocate e-government internationally. "I want to continue
to be on the soapbox for e-government, almost an evangelist," he said.
To Agarwal, e-government is a revolution that cannot be ignored. "I believe
that the government of the 21st century is so different," he said. "We all
have to pay attention as it moves in warp speed."
Agarwal said he chose to enter the private sector because he feels it is
the best way for him to continue to advocate a revolution in government.
"I just came to the conclusion that I can continue my great passion in e-government
better in the private sector," he said. He said he sees his job in the private
sector as the same as it was in government, "working to continue to transform
government, but in a different hat."
He said he chose NIC because it has a "solid business model," and "is truly
an Internet Age company."
Agarwal has worked for state and local agencies for more than 30 years,
25 of which were in information technology. His work has earned him numerous
awards. He has also served on various national information technology committees,
including being the former chairman of the National Electronic Commerce
Coordinating Council and president of the National Association of State
Information Resource Executives.
He said his greatest accomplishment at California's FTB was twofold: Transitioning
the "conservative tax agency" into a government of the new age, and creating
a "shared vision," or governance model to guide a decentralized department
in one direction.
NIC is a leading e-government provider partnered with local, state and federal
governments worldwide. Agarwal will officially join NIC on July 1.