Virginia Gov. James Gilmore unveiled a broad plan in May to immerse the state in electronic government.
Virginia Gov. James Gilmore unveiled a broad plan in May to immerse the
state in electronic government.
The plan, which touches on projects ranging from electronic procurement
to digital signatures to access opportunities for the underprivileged, is
to be carried out by a newly created Electronic Government Implementation
Division, the formation of which is also detailed in the executive order.
"Successful e-government will be achieved when all Virginia's citizens
and communities are efficiently using the tools of technology — especially
the Internet — to actively participate in their state government," Gilmore
Highlights of the plan include:
* Electronic procurement: A request for proposals for a statewide system
will be issued with the goal of having it in place by March 1, 2001. And
Virginia's code would be examined to make sure no barriers to electronic
procurement would inhibit the process.
* Technology for administrative tasks: Every agency should be thinking about
applying technology in areas such as employee benefits, leave reporting
and accounting, travel planning, motor pool reservations and expense reporting.
* Digital signatures: Establish policies, practices, guidelines and
standards so that this security measure for verifying people's identity
can be used statewide.
* Seat management: The state is set to have a contract in place by September
of this year to outsource the responsibilities for all state employees'
* Digital divide: Establish a task force of public and private representatives
to develop a plan to address the disparity between those who have access
to technology and those who don't.
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