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October 2, 2002
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E-Gov't Leaders Meet in New York City
PFF Conference Features State and Municipal CIOs, Execs

WASHINGTON, D.C. -E-Government leaders from the private sector and virtually all levels of government in the northeast region are meeting in New York City today to identify specific strategies and share information and experiences to further the practice of electronic government.

Hosted by the chief information officers (CIOs) of the city and state of New York, James Dillon and Gino Menchini, and sponsored by The Progress & Freedom Foundation, the conference is entitled “Breaking Barriers to E-Government: Practical Approaches to the Challenges of Governing With Information.” The day-long program features addresses by two Bush Administration officials, Mark Forman of the Office of Management and Budget and Michael D. Gallagher of the Department of Commerce, a luncheon keynote by Curtis Tearte, general manager of IBM’s Global Public Sector, as well as discussions moderated by PFF President Jeffrey A. Eisenach. Kent Lassman, who directs PFF’s Digital Policy Network, delivers opening remarks.

Presenters also include Steven K. Berry, senior vice president of CTIA, Danny Hill, director of the Newark’s office of management and budget, Norman Jacknis, CIO of Westchester County, Jerry Mechling of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Judith Teller, CIO of New Jersey, Hanford Thomas, director of New York’s Statewide Wireless Network, and Tom Towle, director of IT management for New Hampshire.

This is the second such conference sponsored by PFF this year; the first was held April 22 in Chicago, featuring information officers from six Midwestern states and several municipalities, as well as executives from IBM and Siebel Systems and an official from the Bush Administration. The third e-government conference will be held in Denver in December. “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.”

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.



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