If Y2K conversion weren't bad enough, along comes a booming economy that is creating a shortage of IT professionals, pitting government against the private sector for technical resources. Can government compete?
The fourth annual State of the States Briefing, in Falls Church, Va., brought together several hundred government and industry leaders to focus on trends and issues in state information technology, including Y2K, electronic commerce, outsourcing and procurement. Keynoting the briefing was Virginia Lt. Gov. John H. Hager. Speakers included CIOs and top state officials from Arizona, California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Texas and Ohio. Federal speakers included officials from the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Agriculture and Department of Health and Human Services. The State of the States Briefing was sponsored by FSI State & Local, NASIRE and Government Technology.