Michigan Creates E-Gov Office

WASHINGTON (04/19/2000) - Michigan Gov. John Engler recently established the e-Michigan Office that will coordinate the state's development of electronic government.

The office, within the Executive Office of the Governor, will re-engineer current services and design new ones.

Monday at the annual State of the States briefing in Falls Church, Virginia, Michigan chief information officer George Boersma said the goal is to create a World Wide Web portal based on real-life applications. For example, he said, if an individual wanted to camp in Michigan, that person could log on to the portal and make campground reservations, obtain fishing and boating licenses and learn about nearby fairs or concerts.

In addition, as the vacation approached, the system would send an e-mail notifying the traveler about possible detours and traffic problems, as well as the weather in the city.

The portal would also include a "content center" that would provide information at all hours about all agencies.

The office will be a temporary agency under state law, existing only two years after its official starting date of May 1.

Engler's plan also created the e-Michigan Advisory Council, a five-member group that will advise the e-Michigan Office director on the best practices to implement e-commerce, future business trends, government and education relating to e-commerce and the best opportunities for using e-commerce to offer services.

The office will directed by Stephanie Comai, the former director of the Governor's Division of State Government Affairs.

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