State, Fed CIOs team up
- By Diane Frank
- Jun 30, 2000
The National Association of State Information Resource Executives has teamed
with the federal CIO Council to work on intergovernmental projects, including
a single public-safety network for the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake
The partnership, first announced at the Virtual Government conference in
Washington, D.C., in March, will be renewed at the NASIRE conference in
September because of the importance of presenting a single government face
to citizens, James Flyzik, vice chairman of the council and CIO of the Treasury
Department, said at the Federation of Government Information Processing
Councils' Management of Change conference in Atlanta this week.
"The citizens don't care if it's federal, state or local, they just care
that it's done," he said.
The two groups are already working together on the Salt Lake City project,
which aims to ensure that federal, state and local police, fire and emergency
services groups can coordinate communications activities during the Olympics.
The 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, especially the bomb in the Olympic
Park, highlighted the need for this type of cooperation, Flyzik said.
"We're looking at a common infrastructure that would be supported as a public
safety, law enforcement network," he said.