State, Fed CIOs Team Up

WASHINGTON (06/30/2000) - The National Association of State Information Resource Executives has teamed with the federal CIO Council to work on intergovernmental projects, including a single public-safety network for the 2002 winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

The partnership, first announced at the Virtual Government conference in Washington, D.C., in March, will be renewed at the NASIRE conference in September because of the importance of presenting a single government face to citizens, James Flyzik, vice chairman of the council and CIO of the Treasury Department, said at the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils' Management of Change conference in Atlanta this week.

"The citizens don't care if it's federal, state or local, they just care that it's done," he said.

The two groups are already working together on the Salt Lake City project, which aims to ensure that federal, state and local police, fire and emergency services groups can coordinate communications activities during the Olympics.

The 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, especially the bomb in the Olympic Park, highlighted the need for this type of cooperation, Flyzik said.

"We're looking at a common infrastructure that would be supported as a public safety, law enforcement network," he said.

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