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April 10, 2002
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E-Government Leaders Meet in
Chicago April 22

Conference Features State & Municipal CIOs, Corporate Execs.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Homeland security, personal privacy and other practical challenges facing e-government in the states are the topics of an upcoming conference in Chicago scheduled for April 22. Sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, it will feature information officers of at least six mid-western states and several major municipalities, executives from IBM and Siebel Systems, and an official of the Bush Administration.

Hosted by Illinois Chief Technology Officer Mary Reynolds – a winner of the 2001 Digital State award for the best use of technology in state government – the session is the first in a series of regional conferences sponsored by the Foundation to help e-government practitioners identify successful strategies to implement real solutions in real environments. Titled “Breaking Barriers to E-Government: Developing Practical Approaches to Transformational Change,” it will be held at the Hotel Inter-Continental Chicago from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Time.

Thomas M. Siebel, Chairman and CEO of Siebel Systems, will present the opening address, “IT Solutions to Practical Homeland Security Challenges,” at 9 a.m. Curtis H. Tearte, General Manager of IBM’s Global Public Sector, will deliver the featured presentation, “E-Government Projects: What Separates Success from Failure,” at 11 a.m. Marty Wagner, Associate Administrator of the General Services Administration, will deliver the 1 p.m. luncheon address. Two panel discussions – “Homeland Security: When ‘Tomorrow’ Isn’t Fast Enough” and “Overcoming barriers to Interstate and Regional Collaboration” – are scheduled for 9:45 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. Workshops on homeland security and regional collaboration in e-government begin at 2 p.m.

“States have made incredible progress implementing popular e-government programs,” said Foundation President Jeffrey A. Eisenach. “Our goal is to facilitate discussion among top IT and e-government leaders to help meet the challenges presented by security, privacy and other concerns.” Those interested in attending the conference should contact Kent Lassman of the Foundation at 919-754-9902 or

The Progress & Freedom Foundation is a market-oriented think tank that studies the digital revolution and its implications for public policy. It is a 501(c)(3) research & educational organization.



The Progress & Freedom Foundation