Bush may have two IT advisers at hand

President-elect George W. Bush hasn't ruled out hiring more than one topdeputy to advise him on information technology policies.

Last week, Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer said the president-elect wantsa high-level deputy at the Office of Management and Budget assigned to coordinatefederal IT matters — in addition to performing other duties. He declinedto call the position an "IT czar" and said it would be an existing slotat OMB.

On Monday, Bush spokesman Dan Bartlett said it is possible that morethan one person would be assigned to handle high-tech issues, but he didnot elaborate.

"He has not ruled out any other additional selection of a person," Bartlettsaid. "But the word "czar' has been introduced by other people, not by thepresident-elect or his staff."

When Bush met last week with more than a dozen high-tech executives,he told them he might create a top position to promote the tech industry'sagenda inside the White House.

The status of how Bush will handle IT advisers is still up in the air,Bartlett said, but the president-elect has promised to continue reachingout to the high-tech community to consider their concerns.

"We are still kicking around a lot of ideas on technology," said oneadviser who declined to be identified.

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.