Tech leader leaving for industry
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 09, 2002
Office of the Idaho State Controller
J.D. Williams, Idaho's state controller for the past 14 years and a nationwide
champion for the use of technology in government, recently resigned his
post to join PeopleSoft Inc.
He will become director of state and local government for the company,
which has its headquarters in Pleasanton, Calif.
As state controller, an elected position, Williams oversaw Idaho's main
computer service center. He also modernized the state's accounting system,
for which the state received several national awards.
Williams is a past chairman of the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating
Council (www.ec3.org), an alliance of several state
government organizations promoting e-government, and he has spoken at many
conferences and other venues touting technology's uses to improve efficiency
and service within government.
During his involvement with the council, Williams helped produce a series
of guides, spearheaded by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of
Government, on how public-sector leaders can use information technology
to improve their management and enhance their agencies and governments.
He also helped produce several e-government guides and white papers for
state and local government leaders.