Lieberman a boost to IT ticket
- By Judi Hasson, William Matthews
- Aug 08, 2000
Electronic government advocates Monday hailed the selection of Sen. Joseph
Lieberman for the Democratic vice presidential candidate as a boost for
information technology concerns.
One of the most knowledgeable members of Congress on the digital revolution,
Lieberman (D-Conn.) has been a leader in efforts to improve government through
greater use of IT. Vice President Al Gore, who will receive the Democratic
presidential nomination next week, has picked Lieberman as his running mate.
From creating a World Wide Web site that lets the public contribute
ideas to e-government legislation to pressing for more government investment
in science and technology, Lieberman is widely considered among the most
"Joe Lieberman has been such a guiding force on e-government," said
Joiwind Williams, director of the Technology Leadership Consortium at the
Council for Excellence in Government.
"He's a great choice in terms of the IT community. He's interested.
He's supportive. He's savvy," said Alan Balutis, director of the Commerce
Department's Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards
Lieberman's most recent accomplishment is the e-Government Project,
a World Wide Web site that invites ideas and comments from the public on
wide-ranging legislation Lieberman is drafting on e-government. He and Sen.
Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) unveiled the site in May.
It has received 600 messages since then on subjects ranging from increased
access to government through online town meetings to whether a federal chief
information officer is needed.
"He's the first to think about drafting legislation by soliciting public
input on Internet," Williams said.
The staffs of Gore and Lieberman have communicated frequently on Internet
issues by e-mail and in personal meetings.
Lieberman aides said he is extremely interested IT policy, how Internet
issues affect the economy and how to keep government from getting in the
way of its growth. He therefore would be well-equipped to follow the precedent
set by Gore, who as vice president has led the technology-oriented National
Partnership for Reinventing Government.