Electronic Commerce

Electronic Commerce

by / February 28, 1998

Follow the questions for the panels responses.


What can states and localities do to ensure their tax and regulatory environment fosters electronic commerce?

Do you think the issue of establishing security and trust for Internet commerce is being overblown?

What's the best way to avoid federal preemption of state digital signature laws?

How can states and localities learn and use marketing techniques to help electronic commerce succeed?

What is top priority for
deploying broad-scale
electronic commerce in
state and local government?

Do you see smart cards
playing a big role in the
future of electronic

Should control of
electronic commerce be
centralized under one
department or agency?

By Wayne Hanson
and Maria Fusilero

David P. Gragan is the procurement director for Texas and the former purchasing director for Indiana, where he piloted an electronic commerce system. He is president-elect of the National Association of State Purchasing Officials and co-chair of the State of Texas Electronic Commerce Task Force.

William Kilmartin, comptroller for Massachusetts, has numerous technological innovations to his credit that have significantly improved the commonwealth's business practices, resulting in substantial savings and dramatically increased revenue. He is currently president of the National Association of State Comptrollers and is vice chair of the EBT Council's board of directors.

Elaine F. Marshall, North Carolina secretary of state, administers the state's corporations and securities responsibilities; manages its Uniform Commercial Code duties; and directs other units for trademarks, business license information, notaries public, lobbyists and land records. A former school teacher, business owner, private attorney and state senator, Marshall presently serves on numerous boards and commissions.

Jane Smith Patterson, senior science and technology advisor for North Carolina Gov. Jim Hunt, was formerly North Carolina's secretary of administration, vice president of ITT Network Systems Group, and she served as a vice chancellor for the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She now chairs a working group comprised of a partnership between the White House and the National Governors' Association, which focuses on electronic commerce.

Gordon Peterson, who retired from IBM in 1992, is Utah's state information technology coordinator. He is executive director of Gov. Mike Leavitt's Electronic Highway Task Force and a member of the Governor's Cabinet Council. He serves on the user advisory board for SmartUTAH, is a member the NGA IT Working Group, and is on the executive committee of NASIRE.

Carolyn Purcell is the executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources. She serves on the electronic commerce committee of NASIRE, served as chair of the digital signature subcommittee, and currently serves as co-chair of the government forum of the National Automated Clearinghouse Association's Internet council.

Todd Sander is deputy director of the Washington state Department of Information Services and chief of staff for the Information Services Board. He is responsible for statewide technology planning and policy formulation; oversight of the state's technology development and acquisition activities; and for directing and supervising DIS strategic initiatives, including electronic commerce and implementation of digital signatures.

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