Lieberman a boost to IT ticket
- By Judi Hasson, William Matthews
- Aug 14, 2000
Electronic government advocates hailed the selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman
as the Democratic vice presidential candidate as a boost for information
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.
From creating a World Wide Web site that lets the public contribute
ideas for e-government legislation to pressing for more government investment
in science and technology, Lieberman is widely considered as one of the
most technology-savvy senators.
"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 Web site that invites comments from the public on legislation that Lieberman is drafting on e-government. He and Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) unveiled the site in May.
"He's the first to think about drafting legislation by soliciting public
input on the Internet," Williams said.
The staffs of Gore and Lieberman have communicated frequently on Internet
issues via e-mail and in meetings.