Lieberman Pushes IT Czar

WASHINGTON (07/13/2000) - Sen. Joseph Lieberman said Wednesday he supports the idea of a federal information technology czar and may introduce legislation this year to create the post.

Such a position must be more than a "figurehead," Lieberman, a Democrat from Connecticut, said, speaking at the E-Gov conference in Washington, D.C.

"We must think about how to position an individual with the proper authority, visibility, funding and ties to relevant government agencies and existing statutes," he said. Leslie Phillips, Lieberman's spokesman, said the senator was still studying the idea, but says the position should be part of the Office of Management and Budget and not a job outside any agency.

Lieberman said an IT czar should have the ability to "lead e-government efforts, to interact meaningfully with agency decision-makers and to coordinate interagency projects."

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