- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Apr 16, 2001
A Change in Command?
President Bush evidently agrees with at least one Clinton policy the
need to protect computer systems that are vital to the nation's security.
But he has his own ideas about how to make it happen.
Sources say Bush is mulling the idea of putting the Defense Department
in charge of critical infrastructure protection, which was mandated by Presidential
Decision Directive 63. DOD, the thinking goes, is the natural setting for
anything related to national security, and the Pentagon would provide the
much-needed stronger leadership.
Indeed, there's growing concern that agencies may not meet the 2003
deadline, and a coterie of critics blames poor coordination at the top.
Clinton, who signed PDD-63 in 1998, was concerned that critical infrastructure
protection, given the extensive involvement of civilian agencies and private
industry, blurs the traditional definition of national security and doesn't
fit the Pentagon mindset.
Battle lines are being drawn.
Food for Thought
It looks like an uphill battle for knowledge management.
One of the biggest obstacles to making a knowledge management program
work is creating a knowledge-driven culture, said Gabrielle Boko, senior
director of global markets operations at Cognos Corp., at the E-Gov Knowledge
Management conference in Washington, D.C.
Cognos is doing its part, providing software to analyze agencies' information
and track their successes and failures. But Boko said that the knowledge
culture "needs to be encouraged, not mandated." She also advocated encouraging
participation through compensation bonuses.
The secret to success is no mandates and more money. After perusing
the latest budget numbers, all we have to say is this: Good luck.
CSC Opens New Doors for IRS
Computer Sciences Corp. last week held a groundbreaking ceremony for
the Maryland Technology Center, a "build-to-suit" facility of 327,000 square
feet that will house about 1,200 employees, all supporting CSC's work on
the Internal Revenue Service's Prime contact.
CSC is building the center directly across from the IRS building in
New Carrollton, Md. The new building will consolidate personnel devoted
to IRS Prime currently spread out in various locations, as well as accommodate
anticipated growth, according to the company.
The event was a star-studded affair, with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.),
Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and IRS Commissioner Charles Rossotti exuding optimism
that the IRS' modernization efforts will finally bear fruit.
Millions of taxpayers are hoping it does, too.
The FirstGov Web portal is constantly expanding in the federal arena,
but now state and local governments are looking to increase their involvement.
FirstGov already links to state and local sites. During the last few
months, though, the FirstGov staff at the General Services Administration
has received requests for the portal's search engine to catalog state and
local pages for future searches, said John Sindelar, deputy associate administrator
of GSA's Office of Governmentwide Policy.
The fiscal 2002 budget request released by President Bush last week
includes $3 million for the FirstGov program, and that money will help get
planning for the state and local effort off the ground. But before any actual
work in that area can happen, Sindelar said, a lot more money is needed.
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