ERIC Number: ED340363
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Meeting the Government's Technology Challenge: Results of a GAO Symposium.
General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Information Management and Technology Div.
In October, 1989, the General Accounting Office sponsored a symposium, "Meeting the Government's Technology Challenge," that brought together leaders from industry and government to explore ways of better using information technology to meet the demands facing the government into the next century. Building on the symposium's results to provide a framework for acquiring and managing information technology, this report presents five principles for effective management of information technology that emerged from the symposium: (1) commitment and vision begin at the top of an organization; (2) partnerships between organizations as well as partnerships within program offices and groups within an organization can help define goals; (3) service to the public should be the primary goal of information technology use; (4) a clear, flexible structure should support this primary goal; and (5) continuity of highly qualified technical staff is critical to successfully building information systems. The challenge of meeting this goal will require that federal leaders empower information management officials, encourage the formation of partnerships, provide a clear direction to the Congress, adopt a modular approach to developing major information systems, explore ways of professionalizing the field of information resources management, and foster continuity through the use of long-term plans. Biographies of industry and congressional speakers, a list of symposium panelists, and a list of major contributors to this report are appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Federal Government, Futures (of Society), Information Management, Information Technology, Long Range Planning, Management Information Systems, Modernization, Organizational Communication, Postsecondary Education, Systems Development, Technological Advancement
U.S. General Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 (first five copies: free, additional copies: $2.00 each).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: General Accounting Office, Washington, DC. Information Management and Technology Div.