NASIRE brimming with ideas
- By Eric Kulisch
- Sep 28, 2000
With more than 400 representatives from government and industry circulating
at the National Association of State Information Resource Executives' annual
conference, news and ideas were swirling too.
Almost 160 information technology executives and staff members representing
42 states attended the conference, held Sunday through Wednesday in Baltimore.
The host state, Maryland, had the largest contingent of attendees — 28;
Kentucky followed with 11.
Among the news that surfaced at the meeting:
* NASIRE is scouting out a beachhead in Washington, D.C. President Otto
Doll, South Dakota's chief information officer, announced Tuesday that the
organization is recruiting a part-time representative to serve as an "early-warning
radar" for issues that come up in Congress and the federal government. A
decision on whether to hire a consulting firm or an individual who is well-versed
in IT has not been made yet, Doll said.
* Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge's policy office tapped Rhett Hintze of
the state's Office of Information Technology to be senior policy manager
for technology and economic development on Monday. Hintze moves up after
serving as principal assistant to OIT head Charles Gerhards.
* Hintze made a presentation of Pennsylvania's 6-month-old Web-based
application platform and content management system. Steve Kolodney, director
of Washington's Department of Information Services, was so impressed that
he wants to send a team to see it first hand. It's proof that although Kolodney's
office is often cited by surveys and award programs for progressive implementation
of e-government services, the department still searches out best practices
in other states.
* Edward Fouhy, executive director of the Pew Center on the States and
a former CBS newsman, told the NASIRE audience that moving the functions
of government onto the Internet to make government more accessible to citizens
is a watershed story that has been missed for the most part by journalists.