Would you propose more, less or no change in overall spending?
In January, the administration launched the National Plan for Information Systems Protection, the first national strategy for protecting
the nation's computer networks from deliberate attacks. This program supplements
the 1997 Partnership for Critical Infrastructure Security, which was launched
to promote cooperation between government and private-sector initiatives
for cybersecurity. As president, Gore would continue to provide the funding
necessary for the critical protection of information technology and work
with the public/private initiative to maximize the effectiveness of IT security
GEORGE W. BUSH
Currently, Bush has an IT steering committee with more than 400
members. He draws on their expertise and depends on their advice and counsel
as he considers the new range of issues that affect Texas and the United
States now and in the coming century.
His e-government initiatives would require sufficient federal investment
to meet the needs of enabling a more "citizen-centralized" government. He
has seen — in states like Virginia, Pennsylvania and right here in Texas — the effectiveness of maintaining an electronic portal to government agencies.
Citizens should have unlimited access to rules, regulations and services
via the Web. Bush envisions parents receiving information on an Education
Savings Account for their child, activists downloading the latest environmental
regulations or an entrepreneur downloading data on export markets.
It would be the duty of the federal CIO to ensure that all security
requirements are strictly enforced. In addition to other funding for security
controls, Bush would expand the role of the CIO, who would oversee the allocation
of Bush's $100 million fund to support interagency e-government initiatives.
This fund would support interagency IT projects, initiatives to promote
customization of services and systems integration.
Bush believes that IT security and citizen privacy are critical issues
in this new era. A recently released General Accounting Office report indicates
that 97 percent of federal Web sites failed to abide by the Federal Trade
Commission's four basic privacy principles. This indicates gross negligence
by the Clinton/Gore administration. Bush advocates tremendous investment
and accountability in the security aspect of Internet technology. It is
imperative that the privacy of individuals and corporations be respected
as the digital marketplace expands.
Bush believes that all Americans should have absolute control over their
personal information in the online as well as the off-line world. As governor,
Bush has worked to protect the privacy and security of every Texan by signing
legislation to ban identity theft, to safeguard genetic information and
to protect driver's license information. In addition, his office has provided
$800,000 to form an Internet Bureau Task Force to combat emerging cybercrimes,
including online gambling, child pornography, stalking and fraud, while
protecting Internet privacy issues. Finally, Texas is utilizing IT to enhance
state government, to improve the lives of Texans, to bolster the public's
trust in online government and to address important policy issues, such
as access, privacy and security.