16 scholars receive e-gov grants

Sixteen scholars from across the nation each received $15,000 grants to research and report on issues involving e-government or performance management that could benefit and shape the public sector, the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government announced Jan. 14.

The recipients will have to produce a 30- to 40-page research report in their selected topics no later than six months after the award of the grant. The report will be published and circulated by IBM Corp.

Although all research is aimed at improving the efficacy of the federal, state and local governments, the researchers do not necessarily all have to focus on technology as a main driver.

This round of grants centered only on e-government and performance management, but other areas funded by the endowment, which was founded in 1998, include financial management, human capital, new management methods and transforming public-sector organizations.

This year's recipients of the e-government research grants include:

* Diana Burley Gant, assistant professor of information management, and Jon Gant, assistant professor of information systems and public administration, Syracuse University: "Developing Integrative Technologies to Support E-Government."

* Genie Stowers, professor, San Francisco State University: "Measuring Performance in E-Government: What is the State of the Art?"

* Jo Min, associate professor, Iowa State University: "E-Government in Rural Communities: Current Practices and Issues."

* M. Jae Moon, assistant professor, Texas A & M University: "Advancing M-Government for State Emergency Management: Prospects and Challenges in Applications of Mobile Technologies in State Governmen

* Charles Hinnant, assistant professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, and Steve Sawyer, associate professor, Pennsylvania State University: "From Keystone to E-Stone."

For a full list of recipients, visit the IBM Endowment Web site. A second round of grants will be awarded later this year.

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