Feds offer seed money
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 28, 2002
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers
A senior White House official said the federal government would like to
initiate relatively low-cost intergovernmental pilot projects with state
and local governments that would show measurable results within a short
By providing such seed money, the federal government can "get something
going to demonstrate here's the way forward," said Steve Cooper, senior
director of information integration and chief information officer for the
Office of Homeland Security. "I'm not really going to get involved in worrying
about funding a three-year, $200 million initiative to do something. I just
don't have the luxury."
Such pilots would be three to six months in duration and cost less than
$1 million, he said. But they must produce "tangible, measurable and actionable
value for intended recipients."
Cross-organizational pilots would include first responders from criminal
justice, fire and emergency medical services; public safety and public health;
as well as those involved with corporate facilities security around critical
infrastructure, he said.
It's a way to "encourage communities of practice to begin to interact
with one another in a way that, historically, they haven't had to or they've
chosen not to," he said.
Cooper spoke at the National Association of State Chief Information
Officers annual conference Oct. 28 in St. Louis. He was trying to encourage
government and corporate attendees to weigh in and provide assistance to
the Homeland Security Office.
He offered two intergovernmental proposals under consideration:
* One is a multistate initiative, led by the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement, that would link federal intelligence information with state
and local law enforcement. Cooper said it is one of the projects that the
National Governors Association alluded to several weeks ago.
* Another is a four-state effort in the Southwest that would involve
federal border security, the U.S. Commerce Department and state economic
groups. "So what we're doing is we're taking something that has a security
impact and broadening it in a beneficial way to enhance the economic issue
to the benefit of the states," he said.
Cooper said he'd like to start such initiatives as soon as possible.
"We'd be ready to go tomorrow as soon as we get funding from congress,"