Fed CIO part of Bush's picture for government
- By William Matthews
- Jun 13, 2000
Gov. George W. Bush has promised to appoint a chief information officer
for the federal government if he is elected president.
In a position paper on how he would make government work better, the Republican
front-runner said he would issue an executive order designating the Office
of Management and Budget's deputy director for management as the federal
"The federal CIO will be responsible for providing the leadership and coordination
needed to realize the vision of a truly digital and citizen-centric government,"
according to a paper distributed by the Bush campaign.
The federal IT chief would also be responsible for heading the federal CIO
Council, coordinating state and federal information technology efforts and
leading the development of standards, protocols and privacy protections,
the Bush campaign says.
Bush would also create a $100 million fund to support electronic government
initiatives, and the federal CIO would control the fund.
Al Gore, the presumed Democratic nominee for president, has made electronic
government a trademark during his tenure as vice president. In a June 5
campaign speech, Gore said he would make government more responsive by putting
more government services online. He promised better access through a central
government electronic portal and called for better information security
online. Gore has not called for a federal CIO.
Bush's proposal comes amid growing interest in Congress in creating a federal
CIO. Rep. Jim Turner (D-Texas) plans to introduce Legislation in the House
of Representatives this week to create a federal CIO. Senate legislation
is expected later this year.
In a speech in Philadelphia on June 9, Bush declared that, "In my administration,
government will be an ally of the new economy." He pledged to expand Internet
use to empower citizens, allowing them to request customized information
from Washington when they need it, not just when Washington wants to give
it to them.
Bush also promised to cut government costs by buying items through online
auctions and through other business-to-business transactions online.
The federal government has been buying items online for several years and
recently began to buy items such as military parts via online auctions.