New IT office to manage transportation data
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Jun 13, 2000
A new Office of Information Technology was created last week at the Bureau
of Transportation Statistics to keep the agency on the cutting edge of data
storage and analysis.
The growth of BTS as a focal point for transportation data
used by the public, analysts and government decision-makers prompted the
Transportation Department to create an office devoted to the infrastructure
used to gather, store and access the data, said Terry Klein, program manager
for the new Office of IT.
To start, the office is looking at recruiting more workers for activities
such as routine maintenance of computers.
"For now, we're looking for good athletes," Klein said. Once those skilled
IT workers are settled in, the office will begin to tackle more long term
initiatives, such as updating the IT architecture at BTS, implementing office
automation activities and distributing BTS products through electronic means,
The e-commerce efforts will be in line with the vision of DOT chief information
officer George Molaski, to move to digital government, Klein said.